Climate change affecting Alpine plants
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Researchers say the warming of the planet is reducing the overall number of mountain plants and for some to migrate to higher altitudes. Many meadows in the Alps are currently a brightly coloured carpet of Spring flowers.

The claims of a reduction are made in the journal, Science.

Researchers studied 66 mountains in Europe between the north of the continent and the Mediterranean.

An increasing number of plant species were found only on mountains in northern and central Europe.

In most mountain regions of the Mediterranean the number of plant species was remaining the same or declining.

The study was coordinated by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna.

"Our results showing a decline at the Mediterranean sites is worrying because these are the mountains with a very unique flora and a large proportion of their species occur only there and nowhere else on Earth," said Harald Pauli, coordinator of the project.

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For further details see this report on the project in Science Daily.

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