Climate change; Study warns future of Cactus plant species to get affected by increasing heat

As we are aware that climate change is an all-time problem in the world, and many experts around the world have come up with explanations for the rising temperatures that are halting the growth of many plant species in every corner of the world. A new study now says that more than 31% of Cactus species are threatened with extinction, with the rising heat in the atmosphere.

According to new research, 60% of the world’s cactus plants will end up in unfavorable weather in the coming decades. A recent study which published in the journal Nature Plants paints a troubling picture warns that the species are extremely at the edge of extinction now.

The study published has now garnered the attention of the world because there was a notion that the species are grown and much related to heat surrounded areas such as deserts. However, the common conception about the plant is not real. These species would not do well under the warmer conditions, said the researchers who took days to study the weather condition affecting the changes of the Cactus. 

The Cactus species is going to face an end up in unideal conditions, said the researchers. According to the researchers, about 90% of the species could be extinct by 2070, but if the heat further increases upto a threshold level, then the extinction will happen fast. 

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“Cacti range all the way from southern Canada to the southern tip of South America. And so, they occur in a wide variety of environments, with some species even occurring in the rainforest,” said one of the researchers. In North and South America, a large amount of Cactus grows, and if the area is caught by enormous heat, then it is not sure how many would survive and how many would fall. 

Researchers believe that a small change to a plant’s adapted environment can have a big effect on its survival. The research was conducted by Michiel Pillet and the team, and from their findings, Pillet says the benefit of recent advances in data availability and computing, suggests the degree of climate change might matter less than the change itself.