Antarctica Starting to Turn Green

Antarctica Starting to Turn Green

Postby Nutso » Fri May 19, 2017 1:15 pm

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/ar ... d=11858956

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Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet.

Amid the warming of the past 50 years, the scientists found two species of moss undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts, with mosses that once grew less than 1mm a year, now growing more than 3mm a year on average.

"People will think of Antarctica quite rightly as a very icy place, but our work shows that parts of it are green, and are likely to be getting greener," said Matthew Amesbury, a researcher with the University of Exeter in the UK and lead author of the study.

"Even these relatively remote ecosystems, that people might think are relatively untouched by human kind, are showing the effects of human-induced climate change."

The study was published Thursday in Current Biology, by Amesbury and colleagues with Cambridge University, the British Antarctic Survey, and the University of Durham.
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Re: Antarctica Starting to Turn Green

Postby Graham Kennedy » Fri May 19, 2017 2:10 pm

Antarctica was once covered in forests. Perhaps one day it will be again.
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Re: Antarctica Starting to Turn Green

Postby Bryan Moore » Fri May 19, 2017 2:36 pm

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Re: Antarctica Starting to Turn Green

Postby Teaos » Sun May 21, 2017 12:12 am

Do we keep it as no nation national park? Or will countries start trying to claim it, especially as land gets more arid in other areas.
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