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Global Warming Effects on Plants
With certain areas of the world getting progressively warmer, various life forms like plants are beginning to feel the impact. Overall, the affect of global warming on plants has been both positive and negative, and may be a preview to what the change in climate could mean for humans.
As a result of the warmer weather, plants are featuring increased microbial action in the soil, which makes the plants more productive. The combination of hotter temperatures and strong winds, both of which are results of global warming, tends to speed up the spreading of plants, pollen and seeds. This helps plants survive and reproduce in nature – something that is desperately needed given the damage done to forests over the past decade.
Further, while less snow cover tends to lead to more thawing and refreezing of soil, the impact on the roots of plants is offset by the increase in microbial action. And, of course, it’s that microbial action that ultimately makes the plants more productive.
Global warming also has a very specific, noteworthy impact on weeds. As a result of warmer weather, invasive plants will tend to move to areas with a higher temperature. This should then provide some very necessary space for an increasing number of plants that have otherwise been constricted.
Worth noting, however, is that -- as a result of the effect global warming has on plants – humans and animals will begin to feel that particular effect by way of their food. Because of the elevated CO2 levels that are the byproduct of the increased temperatures, plants are producing more chemicals that break down in cyanide gas and lower the levels of protein.
Also, as a result of increasingly rising temperatures, certain plants that may have played vital roles in specific climates may end up moving northward as a result of global warming.
All in all, the effects of global warming will continue to become increasingly more noticeable. Both the positives and negatives of the ever-changing climate will force researchers to devote more time and attention to what can be done to take advantage of the positives associated with global warming, all the while minimizing the harmful effects it has on plants.
And as always, the more that people learn about the topic, the easier the adjustment will be.