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As spring arrives, it brings with it warmer weather, blossoming trees and flowers, singing birds, and severe weather such as hail, high winds, and tornadoes.
The amount of snowfall received during the winter often has an impact on the amount of soil moisture available at the start of a new growing season.
Soil moisture is a key factor in determining the annual progress of natural environments and human systems.
As was felt recently at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, extreme precipitation and flooding can be exceptionally devastating. Excess rains can wash away trails, compromise bridges, and harm many varieties of plants in public gardens.
While drought doesn’t always offer the same immediate and dramatic visuals associated with events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, it still has a huge price tag.
An innovative climate change cell phone tour and pilot project at Longwood Gardens marks the first deliverable in a series of objectives between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Public Gardens Association that focu
The local climate change visioning process developed by CALP is aimed at enhancing community engagement, citizen and practitioner learning, and policy-change processes in response to long-term climate change at the local level.
A changing climate may create conditions such as more precipitation or drought that help invasive plants spread and outcompete native plants. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is enlisting volunteers in the campaign against invasives.
With changes in precipitation, drought, pollution, and increased severe weather, global change is altering vital wetland habitats, and threatening the survival of rare plants that depend on them.