Plants bloom 1 month early due to climate change in the UK

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Plants bloom 1 month early due to climate change in the UK

A new study in the UK has found that climate change causes plants to bloom on average a month early.

In a database called “Nature’s Calendar”, which contains records from the 18th century to the present day, the researchers focused on more than 400,000 observations of 406 plant species and found a strong link between early bloom of plants and rising global temperatures.

The study found that the average first flowering date of plants from 1987 to 2019 was 1 month ago, compared with data from 1753 to 1986.

“The results are alarming”

Professor Ulf Buntgen, lead author of the study from the University of Cambridge, pointed out that the results are really “alarming” due to the ecological risks associated with early flowering times.

“When plants bloom too early, late frost can kill them. But the even greater risk is ecological incompatibility.”

Ulf Buntgen warned that spring in the UK could start in February if global temperatures continue to rise at current rates.

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The results of the study were published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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