Plants At Risk Of Extinction As Climate Disrupts Animal Migration

"Heating and habitat loss drive birds and mammals to cooler areas where plants can not follow, study shows"

"The decline of seed-dispersing animals is damaging plants’ ability to adapt to climate breakdown, a study has found.

Almost half of all plant species depend on animals to spread their seeds, but scientists fear these plants may be at risk of extinction when animals are driven to migrate to cooler areas, as plants cannot easily follow.

Researchers used machine learning from more than 400 seed dispersal networks worldwide to examine what would happen when animals left areas affected by global heating."

Hibaq Farah reports for the Guardian January 13, 2022.

Source: Guardian, 01/14/2022