Global warming may initially make the grass greener, but not for long, according to new research results.
The findings, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, show that plants may thrive in the early stages of a warming environment but then begin to deteriorate quickly.
“We were really surprised by the pattern, where the initial boost in growth just went away,” said scientist Zhuoting Wu of Northern Arizona University (NAU), a lead author of …
They found that in the first years, grasses grew better. But over the decade long experiment, they found that warmer temperatures had detrimental effects on the plants.
What this really shows is that plants, along with other organisms, will be very disrupted by increasing temperatures.