Larry piatscheck about who stands to win from global warming
Larry Piatscheck About Who Stands to Win From Global Warming?
By the year 2100, the ocean and land temperatures will be 4 degree Celsius more than the current
temperatures. Climate expert Larry Piatscheck continues; it will end up affecting a lot of the
domestic animals and plants that we have used for millennia.
Let us take a look at the United Kingdom as an isolated example. If any plant or animal species
struggles to cope with the cold spring that occurs quite frequently in the UK, they are not going
to stand a very good chance. The winners are clearly those species that love balmy summers,
even if there is no heat wave as such. The effects of global warming were clearly felt in the
recent warmest ever stretch from November-April. The species that suffered from the late onset
of spring included the summer migrants among owls and swallow relatives as their prey did not
appear till very late. Birds like the tits and ladybird beetles also suffered from the loss of
greenfly, and the population of the species in the United Kingdom reduced drastically in number.
Invasive species managed to survive. According to Larry Piatscheck, amphibians could also not
survive properly and this was not good news for the gardeners as they lost out on their close
friend, the garden slug.
Spring flowering plants like the primrose, snowdrop, pasque flower and bluebell benefited from
the warm weather as their seasons extended and they had little competition from the other plants
and grass. The autumn was also perfect breeding ground for the fungus. Wet and warm
conditions gave a big boost to the harvest of wild mushrooms, slime molds and tree parasites.
June saw fine weather, and the puffins and sandwich terns established breeding records in their
secluded nesting sites. Orchid species also benefited from the rising temperatures. From July,
certain rare butterflies like the purple emperor, chalkhill blue and a few of the long-tailed blues
filled the downs and woods with their color. Bees, including the tree humble bee and the wasps
followed suit. The humble bee also began to colonize Iceland in the north due to the current
global warming conditions. Grasshoppers and crickets also thrived last year, but the species
records are yet to appear in the National Trust.
Where are we heading?
When nuts and berries appeared late on the trees last year, birds, pine marten and a few deer
species benefited enormously from the crop. As the temperatures start to rise, with much less
pleasant results in flood and drought stricken areas, the winners will continue to flourish.
However, they could end up being losers elsewhere. The common mammals and butterflies are
quite often reduced in number. The rare species, which migrate from the warmer areas need to
move as their habitat in the south is disappearing fast.