Skip to comments.Arctic Going Green from Warming, Study Finds
Posted on 04/04/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Large swaths of the Arctic tundra will be warm enough to support lush vegetation and trees by 2050, suggests a new study.
Higher temperatures will lessen snow cover, according to the study, which is detailed in the March 31 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. That, in turn, will decrease the sunlight reflected back into the atmosphere and increase warming. About half the areas will see vegetation change, and areas currently populated by shrubs may find woody trees taking their place.
"Substitute the snowy surface with the darker surface of a coniferous tree, and the darker surface stores more heat," said study co-author Pieter Beck, a vegetative ecologist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. "It's going to exacerbate warming."
The Arctic climate affects the world: Changes in sea ice affect ocean circulation, which, in turn, affects atmospheric circulation that then impacts the globe, said Bruce Forbes, a geographer at the Arctic Center at the University of Lapland in Finland, who was not involved in the study.
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Folks,, Better hit the FReepathon thread today and beat the rush before we extinct spontaneously or sumthin’. Thanks!
Green is good.
Sounds like a dang fine place to try out some of them doomsday seeds to me. As far as the new study “suggesting”, I got some suggestions for them as well.
Great. I’ll be able to retire to my summer home in Northern Greenland.
Khrushchev is turning over in his grave....He lost his job mainly because of his disastrous attempts to grow corn and wheat in the tundra.
Global warming beats the heck out of global cooling. In a warm climate, you can sometimes get 2 growing seasons. In a cold climate, you’re lucky to get one season.
The Spotted Owl and Darter Snail will be glad to hear this.
Soom new housing developments will spring up there.
If there’s something we’re doing to create lush vegetation in the arctic, we should keep it up.
Great news indeed. I can move my redoubt from north of Lake Huron to the beach, on Hudson Bay.
Is having another area where trees and some cold weather food crops can grow not a good thing? The last time the climate warmed in recorded history, exploration and knowledge really advanced, and a group of Vikings were able to settle in Greenland, because it really was...
I’m doing my best to promote warming.
My roof is black and I installed a bunch of BLACK solar panels.
How many glo-bull warming predictions have come true so far?
Love how they concentrate on the small differences in the northern hemisphere. Sea ice in the southern hemisphere is ahead of the multi-year averages... by a larger margin than the northern ‘deficiency.’
In other words, globally speaking (and the enviros all want us to ‘think globally’), we’ve got more sea ice than normal.
Don't the global warming alarmists always tell us that trees and their capability to store carbon safely is a good thing?
Therefore, if global warming stimulates the growth of more trees, then global warming must be a good thing too!
First, I fail to see how more arable land is necessarily a bad thing, for humans or any other species on the planet.
Second, if billions more acres shift from being covered by ice to being green with plant life, wouldn’t that added green space absorb radically huge amounts of CO2?
It is April 4th 2013 and it is currently -24 below 0 in Cambridge Bay Canada right now. I’m sure the locals in Cambridge Bay wouldn’t mind some global warming.
This kind of talk reminds me of Sheldon, Howard, Leonard and Raj arguing about keeping the storyline consistent in the Star Trek fantasies.
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