Nowhere left for the baobab to go

According to article by John Platt in Scientific American, climate change is a threat to the enigmatic baobab tree. In Madagascar, that I visit next week for a biodiversity and trade project at ITC, “…climate change will shrink the habitat of this species from about 21,000 square kilometers today to just over 6,500 square kilometers in 2080.”

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Baobabs – under threat (Pic: Antoine Nael, Flickr)

Baobabs can not adapt so well to climate change because they can not migrate – “unlike other species that may migrate or slowly move to new habitats as the climate shifts, baobab trees in Madagascar will not have that luxury. As the researchers point out, there’s nowhere left for the baobabs to go”.

 

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