Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Good and bad news about plants and climate change (online)

Read summaries of three recent scientific article on climate change here. Good news for climate science from the vegetable world: as global temperatures rise, plants in the forests and fields may breathe in more carbon dioxide, and respire a little less, according to an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But bad news too: a new study in Environmental Research Letters concludes that more carbon will be released by climate change than can be stored by trees and shrubs as they colonise more and more of the high latitudes, and a report in the journal PLOS One suggests that microbial communities might not be capable of responding quickly to climate change.

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