Areas Where Cold Temperatures Limit Plant Growth Are Shrinking

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For centuries, frigid temperatures in places like the Arctic and the Himalayas have significantly limited plant growth, restricting it to short periods of time during the year or to species that could survive such harsh conditions. But new research has found that over the past 30 years, the areas across the globe where cold temperatures limit plant growth have declined by 16 percent. By 2100, they could shrink by an estimated 80 percent.

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