Climate Change is Causing an Early Spring in Parts of the World
Plants in the UK this year have begun flowering a whole month early, a recent study published by The Royal Society shows that climate change is the cause of this due to rising global temperatures. If global temperatures continue to rise at their current rate, spring in Britain could eventually start in February every year, according to the study. This may sound like good news for the people of Britain, but not for the ecosystem.
Effects of Rising Temperatures on the Ecosystem
Plants are affected directly by rising temperatures, this could lead to indirect effects on the rest of the ecosystem. "When plants flower too early, it is expected to have detrimental consequences for wildlife, agriculture and gardeners." Said Professor Ulf Büntgen, lead author of the study, in an interview with CNN. While plants are in their vegetation stage they are not protected against frost, with inconsistent temperatures flowering plants may get caught off guard by late frost, permanently killing them, as proved in the study, from The Royal Society.
Early Flowering happening Elsewhere
Although the study from Royal Society focuses on the long-term effects on Britain, early seasons are already happening around the world. According to the CNN, last march Japan recorded its earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years, and in 2019, sunflowers in the US bloomed earlier than usual due to a heatwave. The whole world could begin to see this happening more often, including Canada.
How can we Help Prevent Rising Temperatures?
Rising global temperatures are caused by pollution in the air from burning fossil fuels. The planet needs to make the move towards a zero emissions future. Borrum Energy solutions is committed to helping achieve that by harnessing wind to create clean energy and offset emissions. Energy generated from our wind turbines creates none of the harmful gasses that are currently causing climate change.