Climate change. It isn’t too late to travel for the people of the world!
But if you go too soon, maybe your destinations would have said goodbye.
The latest news from the Scotsman is alarming. I love seeing these plants whenever I’m in Scotland!
Scotland’s rare mountain plants are disappearing at an “alarming rate” and face possible extinction, according to new research for the country’s leading conservation charity.
Monitoring for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has revealed that many fragile alpine species are vanishing from areas they used to inhabit and retreating to higher altitudes as a response to global warming.
Conservationists say milder, wetter winters, drier springs and a decrease in lying snow are having an impact on plants growing on Scottish peaks.
Studies at some of the nation’s famous beauty spots have revealed major declines.
In some cases, plants have completely vanished from lower level locations where they had previously thrived.
Experts have been comparing recent survey results with information dating back to the 1950s, revealing the impact of rising temperatures.
NTS ecologist Dan Watson said: “Our monitoring shows that climate change is affecting Scotland’s mountains at an alarming rate.
“Trust monitoring tracks the decrease of rare arctic-alpine plants such as snow pearlwort on Ben Lawers and Highland saxifrage in Glencoe and shows how populations are declining at lower altitudes.
“Meanwhile, common temperate plants less able to cope with extreme climates are moving further up the hills.”
The post suggests that climate change is happening too fast it would disallow humanity to develop technologies that could help it adapt to the changing environment
But until then, it would be essential to travel and see the beauty of the world… until it lasts.