Global warming is turning Antarctica green

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-21 19:56:08|Editor: MJ
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NEW YORK, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Climate change is more real than ever. A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years, and suggested that the continent will be greener in the future.

The study was published earlier this week in Current Biology, a scientific journal that covers all areas of biology. The research is led by Matthew Amesbury, a researcher at the University of Exeter in Britain.

The Antarctic Peninsula might sound like a remote and untouched region, but the study showed that the effects of climate change are felt there, and it has been warming faster than the rest of the continent.

The research team looked at 150 years' worth of data and found clear change points in the last 50 years, which showed the increase of moss cover. That could shift the ecosystem in Antarctica, driving it to simulate what has been observed in Arctic.

Last month, sea ice cover in the Arctic was record low, and that of Antarctic was near record low, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.