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Whistle blows. Vegetation rushes upwards, racing w/ minimalist tendril-wear, pushing towards clouds, towerrunning athletes of mountainsides.

As several native plant species begin to shift their growth distribution higher in elevation, scientists have strong evidence that climate change is expected to contribute to the upward expansion of plant ranges. D.A. Xiaolin Spires places this science at the starting line and races it forward, to a future where plants have taken up tower running, a sport popular in their home city of Taipei in Taiwan. // Alex Massey

//D.A. Xiaolin Spires stares at skies, pen in hand. Her works are forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Retro Future and Analog. Twitter: @spireswriter//

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