Springing forward

Climate change affects the timing of flowering, migration and other natural cycles, meaning spring is coming earlier in many parts of the world.

By Jennifer Cutraro, 00:00 AM April 17, 2009

Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 30, 1868, and May 30, 2005.

Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 30, 1868, and May 30, 2005.

R. Primack, anonymous

It's not just Daylight Savings Time that came early this year. All around the world, spring seems to be coming sooner than it used to. It hasn't moved up on the calendar — but many cycles in nature are telling us that spring just can't wait to be sprung.

Dandelions push through the soil and bloom weeks earlier than they did decades ago. Robins who migrated for the winter are shortening their...

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