Do you fancy moving to Antarctica? Maybe you are Australian or Californian and tired of bush fires and droughts?
Antarctica is not going to become entirely green, but it will become more green than it currently is
said Matt Amesbury, co-author of the research from the University of Exeter.
The [drill]cores reveal that the warming climate of Antarctica in the past 50 years has spurred on biological activity: the rate of moss growth is now four to five times higher than it was pre-1950.
The team also used models to explore what the future might hold for the continent, taking into account recent research that has suggested that the peninsula has cooled, albeit temporarily, in recent years as a result of changes in wind patterns.
The results suggest that even modest future warming could lead to further, rapid changes in Antarctica’s ecosystems. What’s more, the scientists warn that greening, together with increases in the number of visitors to Antarctica, could make it easier for invasive species to colonise the continent.