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April 1 2013

Vegetation May Speed Warming of Arctic


Climate change will drastically change vegetation patterns in the Arctic, which will in turn spur additional warming, according to a new study.

The research, published yesterday in Nature Climate Change, outlines a counterintuitive side effect of climate change: As higher temperatures drive plants and trees into areas now inhospitable to them, their new distribution speeds up temperature rise via natural processes such as releases of heat-trapping water vapor into the air.

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