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Monday, April 6, 2009

Flora growing at an increased rate because of carbon dioxide release into the atmosphere...

Scientists claim trees and plants are growing bigger and faster in response to the billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere in recent decades.

This increased growth was found in a variety of flora, ranging from tropical rain forests to British sugar beet crops. It means they are soaking up at least some of CO2, that would otherwise be accelerating the rate of climate change, and suggests the potential for higher crop yields in the future.

Some researchers believe this phenomenon could be buying humanity some extra time in which it can try and reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Few doubt it will be more than just a temporary reprieve for humanity.

Professor Martin Parry, head of plant science at Rothamstead Research, Britain's leading crop research institute, reportedly said "there is no doubt that the enrichment of the air with CO2, is increasing plant growth in many areas".

But plants won't be able to keep up with the increase in time, only just a fraction of it. Then our problems will really begin, unless...

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At April 11, 2009 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Atirakih said...

That is really interesting. Too bad the increase in plant growth rate doesn't compare to the CO2 increase rate.

At April 12, 2009 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Kiwi Riverman - The Writer said...

Thanks for your comments. It is interesting though!

At April 16, 2009 at 1:38 AM , Anonymous Sire said...

Whilst I agree we have to do something about our CO2 emission, I don't believe it is resposible for global warming.

At April 28, 2009 at 6:56 PM , Anonymous PlanMyGreen said...

CO2 storage shouldn't be the only benefit of increased plant growth. Plants growing at increased rates should also be recycling more oxygen into the atmosphere reducing the CO2 concentration even more. This would also mean more carbon is being released when the plants die and breakdown.


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