Cherry blossoms are blooming earlier in Japan

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A vibrant pink and white bloom carpets Japan every year, heralding spring in the most magical way possible. Cherry blossoms are the focal point of Japan; each year, millions of people flock to the country to witness these sakura plants.

This year, however, the sight of cherry blossoms is cause for concern. A new study from the Met Office in the UK revealed that these flowers bloomed nearly 11 days early; the city of Kyoto saw cherry blossoms peak on April 1. In 2021, cherry blossoms had made their annual appearance on March 26, the first date for 1,200 years.

In 2021, the cherry trees had bloomed on March 26, the earliest in 1,200 years Shutterstock

While the sight of cherry blossoms is a breathtaking sight, their appearance is now a wake-up call for environmentalists about the threat of a climate crisis looming over the planet. Led by Nikolaos Christidis, the study, which was published in Environmental Research Letters, indicates that changes in cherry blossom bloom timing coincide with changes in temperature.

Rising industrial emissions and global temperatures, especially in urban areas, have disrupted the natural flowering season of many plants. An increase in temperatures since the late 20th century, which continues into the 21st century, makes these events more likely in the future. According to a CNN report Climate change is causing plants across the British Isles to flower, on average, a month earlier than before, according to a new study, according to a new study. Closer to home in India, 2021 has been marked by an erratic monsoon, with extremely localized rainfall, a dry August and an exceptionally wet September, IndiaSpend reported.

India faced a massive heat wave in April and May 2022 where record high temperatures were
India faced a massive heat wave in April and May 2022 where record high temperatures were recorded in the country Shutterstock

Indian summers have also been marked by record temperatures; several weather stations broke their temperature records in April 2022. Additionally, the UK National Weather Service released a study on the heat wave that northern India and Pakistan experienced during the months of April and May, which asserted that “human influence has increased the likelihood of extreme temperature anomalies from April to May”, and that abnormally high temperatures will become common in the years to come.

The same is planned for Japanese cherry blossoms; they may continue to flower earlier than usual until such time as their early arrival may not even be considered extreme. “Kyoto cherry blossom season arrives on average 1-2 weeks earlier due to anthropogenic climate change, with a projected lag of an additional week by the end of the century under a medium emissions scenario. As a result, extremely early flowering such as 2021 is becoming increasingly common in a warming climate and may occur every few years by 2100, at which time it will no longer be classified as extreme,” a quote reads. of the study.

Climate change is one of the biggest global concerns of the 21st century and the impact of warming-induced ecological change threatens to disrupt many ecosystems. Our best hope is to work immediately to phase out fossil fuels and reduce toxic emissions and to pray that our impact on this environment is not irreversible.

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