From a 13,000-foot peak of the Andes Mountains in southern Peru, gazing east over the dense rain forests of the Amazon basin, all you see is undulating green—one of the most verdant places on the planet.
It’s what you can’t see that matters.
The plants are on the run, trying to move to higher ground, where the air is cool enough to support their existence.
“Most of these species are not going to be able to tolerate climate change,” says Ken Feeley, a tropical biologist from Florida International University in Miami, “mostly because climate change is happening so fast.”
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- Global Warming Could Mean a Golden Age for Tropical Rain Forests (3quarksdaily.com)