Follow Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, which experience a “peak bloom” that o…
Follow ➡️ @cnnclimate ➡️ Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, which experience a “peak bloom” that only lasts a few days, have been revered in Japan for more than a thousand years 🌸 But this year, “sakura” season has come and gone in the blink of an eye, in one of the earliest blooms on record — and scientists warn it’s a symptom of the larger climate crisis threatening ecosystems everywhere. This year’s change in flowering dates isn’t limited to just Japan; the cherry blossoms that adorn the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, have also bloomed early. According to the National Park Service, the peak bloom date of the Washington cherry blossoms has advanced forward by nearly a week from April 5 to March 31.
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