5.21.2007

State flowers at risk

An AP article May 19 reported on the publication of The Gardener's Guide to Global Warming (pdf, 40pp/1.54MB) from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). According to the report, global warming threatens 18 state flowers and 17 state trees.
Shifts in average temperatures, precipitation patterns, and other changes due to global warming will mean that many native and iconic plants may no longer find suitable climate conditions in major portions of their historic range. In fact, many states across the country may lose their official State Trees and State Flowers. Imagine Kansas without the sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and Ohio without the Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)!
"Maybe in 100 years the Texas bluebonnet will be the Kansas state flower," a horticulturist commented in the article. NWF has provided a map showing the vulnerable states. Fortunately for Hawaii, the yellow hibiscus is not threatened.

Yellow hibiscus (pua ma'o hau hele; Hibiscus brackenridgei); photo courtesy of State of Hawaii, DBEDT

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4 Comments:

Anonymous seo minneapolis said...

Global warming is scary! It is amazing how far our world has come technology-wise, but it is at a cost to our environment. Plants, animals, trees, etc. are fighting to survive in many areas mainly due to our insensitivity to them. It is our job as humans to try to help correct this problem.

5/31/2007  
Anonymous Manuel said...

Even if the hibiscus is not threatened, there are a lot of other problems that hawaii will be facing, because of the global warming!

6/01/2007  
Anonymous Dassnagar said...

Not only in hawaii, flowers at risk worldwide, bcoz of Global warming and we are responsible for that.

6/04/2007  
Anonymous Uttoransen said...

i have read about this on paper and blogged about it too. People still think that global warming is something that will effect us in a distant future, but the real fact is that it's effect has already started to happen,

3/12/2008  

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