Is Your Hometown a Top Hit for Climate Change?

Is your hometown a top hit for climate change? A group of scientists used 14 years of data to map climate change hot spots around the globe. But they didn't just map extreme weather – they analyzed the response of local vegetation. Christian Science Monitor reports --

North American prairies, South American rainforests, and eastern Australia are all climate change hot spots, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Alistair Seddon, lead author of the study and a biologist at the University of Bergen in Norway, analyzed 14 years of NASA satellite images with four of his colleagues to identify areas around the world that are ecologically sensitive to climate change.

Instead of just predicting how the climate will change in different parts of the world, Dr. Seddon and his colleagues looked at vegetation changes from 2000 to 2013 in response to monthly changes in air temperature, water availability, and cloud cover.

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