Ancient pollen study hints at dire future

Scientists studying ancient pollen have found that Australia can expect massive vegetation changes over the next 150 years if temperatures continue to rise.

Paleoecologist Simon Haberle says that in the past, ecosystems changed over thousands of years but if greenhouse gas emissions continue at present levels, the changes will begin within our grandchildren’s lifetimes.

“You might be familiar with walking through a wet rainforest or a woodland, or even open grasslands, but in two or three generations’ time that’s going to be dramatically different,” he said on Friday.

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