Habitat Shift

Over the past few decades, the Earth’s rising temperatures have slowly shifted the climate in many areas. That would be expected to cause species to shift in response, and a variety of studies have suggested they are. (You can see this clearly at the US Arbor Day Foundation, which has an animated map showing changes in plant habitats.) But most of these studies have looked at a limited number of species or a narrow geographic region, making it hard to put together a clear picture of global trends. Now, a study has combined a lot of the individual ones into a meta-analysis, and finds that species are shifting habitat faster than we had assumed, but aren’t all moving towards cooler climes.

via Climate change causing species to change habitat faster than expected.

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