Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest

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MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica — The cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.

Increasing temperatures have caused the clouds in the mountain forests around Monteverde to rise, and scientists believe the warming climate is leading to the redistribution of species in the highlands, renowned for the striking biodiversity that draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.  Higher air temperatures mean rising clouds, altering ecosystem and pushing flora and fauna toward higher ground.  Source: america.aljazeera.com

As global warming progresses, life zones will move up mountains.  The current warming is so rapid that the life-zone shifts will be too rapid for some species.

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