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
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.