Future of the Environment

UK flowers are blooming a month earlier because of climate change. Here's why that's a problem

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In 2019, UK flowers bloomed 40 days earlier than the average three decades earlier. Image: UNSPLASH/Adam Rhodes

Charlotte Edmond
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A chart showing first day of flowering by year.
The average first day of flowering has shifted by a month since the 1750s. Image: Ulf Büntgen/The Royal Society
Chart showing temperature dependency of first flowering dates.
As temperatures have climbed, flowering dates have shifted earlier. Image: Ulf Büntgen/The Royal Society
Chart showing European average temperatures from 1850-2019.
Europe’s average temperature in 2014 was 2.2℃ above the pre-industrial average – the biggest divergence to date. Image: Statista

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