No, Greenland will not be a forest by 2100

Climate change could turn Greenland green by 2100

The world’s most sparsely populated country could be covered by swathes of forests instead of barren ice sheet, experts say

No, just no.

That ice sheet isn’t, even in the worst case scenarios, expected to go until 2500. And no, trees do not grow through ice sheets.

What the report actually says is that certain species of tree could survive is small areas of Greenland currently and if we went out and planted them there would be more by 2100.

“Greenland has .. the potential to become a lot greener,” said lead scientist Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, from Aarhus University in Denmark. “Forest like the coastal coniferous forests in today’s Alaska and western Canada will be able to thrive in fairly large parts of Greenland, for example, with trees like sitka spruce and lodgepole pine.

“It will provide new opportunities for the Greenlanders.”

The research showed that with expected levels of warming a majority of 44 species of North American and European trees and bushes will be able to thrive in Greenland.

Many species could already flourish in Greenland today, according to the analysis published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

A certain difference between headline and report there.

6 comments on “No, Greenland will not be a forest by 2100

  1. “It will provide new opportunities for the Greenlanders.”

    But the greenies always complain that humanity will always be disadvantaged by climate change. Everything is a disaster. How can they even countenance that something good like new opportunities could from climate change.

  2. So the eco-loons will complain when the Greenlanders create and exploit a new natural resource, that natural resource being more trees? Oh, but it’ll be ‘cosoclimatechange and there may well be – gulp – profits involved.

  3. “with expected levels of warming a majority of 44 species of North American and European trees and bushes will be able to thrive in Greenland.”

    Hmm, maybe more like 1,000 years ago I guess.

  4. Greenland’s not actually as cold as most people think. The interior, with the ice-sheet, certainly is. The rest varies between being similar to the Canadian Archipelago, or being considerably warmer than that thanks to having open water relatively nearby. Bear in mind also that large parts of Greenland are no further north than densely forested parts of Scandinavia.

  5. Icelanders took cattle with them to Greenland when they settled on its southwestern coast in the early 10th century, it’s not yet warm enough to reintroduce them.

  6. LJH>

    It’s more than warm enough in summer. It’s not economically viable, because they can trade for meat these days. Even in the warmest periods cattle in Iceland would have to be kept in a byre over the winter.

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