Dueling press releases: Plants have been helping to offset climate change, but now it’s up to us

Watts Up With That?

Our previous story, Study suggests increased atmospheric CO2 creates a 30% growth in plant photosynthesis during last two centuries look almost entirely different than this press release from the CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE on the very same study.

Plants have been helping to offset climate change, but now it’s up to us

Findings affirm estimates used in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change models

An artist’s conception representing this work. The concentration of the atmospheric trace gas carbonyl sulfide is influenced by the terrestrial biosphere’s photosynthetic activity and its variation over centuries is preserved in Antarctic snow and ice, which provides insight into the response of key process to climate and environmental change.

Washington, DC — Plants are currently removing more CO2 from the air than they did 200 years ago, according to new work from Carnegie’s Joe Berry and led by J. Elliott Campbell of UC Merced. The team’s findings, which…

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