Scientists are worried about the impact of climate change on forests as multiple side effects of climate change have severely cut back on the world’s natural forests. Scientists also believe that climate change could hinder reforestation in the future.
This is the result of climate change-related occurrences, such as wildfires, droughts, pestilence, and flooding; along with human factors, such as logging and tree removal, without replanting.
Scientists are concerned that global warming will make reforestation nearly impossible as temperature increases make it harder for trees to grow and thrive as they usually would. In addition, plants that have survived soaring temperatures also seem to be dwindling, and their ability to reseed has become weaker. This puts certain plant species in danger of going extinct if they cannot reseed and thrive.
Johannes Wessely, the author of the study, said, “These individuals that are adapted to warmer climatic conditions may get lost in the future climate change. The model developed by the researchers, which considered variations in the climate tolerance of six species of alpine plants, suggests that the ranges and populations of these plants will shrink as the climate warms because the area in which it can survive will occupy smaller plots at higher elevations. This will then lead to less warm-adapted vegetation, and possibly the extinction of the species due to maladaptation and less vegetation overall.”
This evidence puts certain plant species in danger if we cannot take more action against climate change and global warming.
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