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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Live Chat: Spring Forward--The Ecological Impact of Climate Change on the Seasons
14 March 2012 7:36 am
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The cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., have been arriving ever earlier over the past 100 years—just another indication of how global warming is altering the timing of the seasons. All sorts of signs of spring are arriving ever earlier, and summer and fall are also undergoing changes.
What do these changes mean for plants, hibernating animals, migrating birds, or honeybees and other pollinating insects? Which parts of the world are in for the biggest changes? And what can we expect from further climate change?
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David Inouye is an ecologist at the University of Maryland. Since 1973, he has researched the timing (phenology) and abundance of flowering of about 100 species of wildflowers in the Rocky Mountains. He studies how they respond to climate change, and the consequences of their responses for plant communities and interactions with pollinators.
Ecologist Jake Weltzin directs the USA National Phenology Network, which coordinates scientists, land managers, policy-makers, and the public to help assess how global change affects the natural world. He has studied grasslands, woodlands, and other ecosystems.