Like every year, the show that the cherry trees in Japan when it bloomed it was still beautiful, but this time it was also worrisome because for the first time in more than 400 years they flourished before their time and this could represent an imbalance in the ecosystem of the iconic Japanese trees.
The sakura trees Kyoto plants reached their peak of flowering on March 26, painting the streets of the Japanese city with beautiful white flowers that hundreds of visitors flocked to photograph.
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According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, it is the first time that trees have bloomed earlier since it has been recorded in 1953, but it could be the earliest in all of history.
Yasuyuki Aono, a researcher at the University of Osaka, analyzed the historical records of sakura trees and found that the earliest maximum day of flowering corresponded to the March 27, 1612, 1409 and 1236, according to a CNN report.
And it is that, year after year, the maximum peak of flowering of cherry trees occurs on April 1. Thereafter, two weeks are counted for the flowers to fall. The mismatch in the dates, according to the researchers, could significantly affect the ecosystem of which these trees are part, since there are insects that will not be able to have the nutrients they obtain from the flowers since they were ahead of time.
Sakura trees in Japan weren’t the only ones to get ahead of themselves. Those in Washington DC were also four days ahead.
“We can definitely say that this is due to the impact of global warming,” said Sunji Anbe, who is part of the Japan Meteorological Agency observation team. And it is that according to the records, the temperature in Kyoto has increased from an average of 8 ° C in 1953 to 10 ° C in March 2020.