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Baltic Sea region to warm - helping forest growth

08.03.2007

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The climate in the Baltic Sea region will warm more quickly than the global average in the century ahead - extending crop and forestry growing seasons in affected nations, according to a new report.

A study carried out by 80 scientists from countries neighbouring the Baltic Sea revealed that temperatures had already started to rise at a quicker rate than those found in other parts of the world.

"A warming of the mean annual temperature in the order of three to five Celsius (5.4 to nine Fahrenheit) is projected for the total basin during this century," the report states.

If the climate warmed by three to five Celsius, the length of the growing season would increase "by as much as 20 days to 50 days for northern areas and 30 days to 90 days for southern areas by the late 21st century". This would help both forest and crop growth, the study adds.

Ice blockages in the Baltic Sea would also decrease.

"The length of the ice season would decrease by one to two months in the northern parts of the Baltic Sea and by two to three months in the central parts."



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