Thursday, January 17, 2013

Study: Spring Flowers Coming Earlier Due to Climate Change

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Flowers are blooming earlier and earlier every year according to a recent study.
  • Flowers are blooming earlier and earlier every year, according to a recent study.

Climate change is shoving out spring flowers earlier than usual. A new study conducted by scientists from Boston and Harvard universities and the University of Wisconsin revealed that flowers are blooming earlier and earlier every year.

Scientists reached back to data collected from legendary naturalists Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold to graph the change in flower bloom times. In particular, researchers found that some plants—such as the serviceberry and nodding trillium—are blooming up to one week earlier.

The good news is that scientists report that flowers in the wild are adapting to the changing temperatures. They couldn't say the same for humans.

The study was published online by the Public Library of Science One.

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