Sunday, January 23, 2011

Plants' global warming dilemma: climb to escape heat or stoop for water?

It was long thought that plants move to higher ground and to higher latitudes as the Earth warms, but new research has found that plants are also moving to lower elevations to be closer to snow, rain, and fog as a result of global warming.

By Pete Spotts

For years, scientists have recorded the gradual march of plants and animals up mountain slopes and toward higher latitudes as global warming has forced them to chase their climatic comfort zones. Read More