Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New climate change shock - plants adapting quickly

Unsurprising to anyone with a brain and some understanding of the climatic variability of the last 10,000 years or so and evolutionary biology.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again - nature is vastly more adaptable, flexible and downright tenacious than many (especially middle-class city dwelling greenies) realise.

    PLANTS can adapt to climate change much better than previously thought, according to a new study.

    The study suggests the risk of mass extinction because of global warming has been overstated.

    Flowers can inherit the ability to cope with changes in temperature and rainfall, with entire species adapting to the new conditions within two decades.

    The findings by Jodrell Laboratory, part of the Royal Botanic Gardens in London, indicate that many plants could survive rapid changes in climate that meteorologists predict will result from the failure to cut emissions.

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