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Climate Change Likely to Slow Plant Growth in Northern Hemisphere
While the higher temperatures and CO2 levels associated with climate change currently fuel plant productivity, a study finds that changing conditions could take a toll on photosynthesis rates in regions outside the Arctic within a decade.
Climate Change Likely to Slow Plant Growth in Northern Hemisphere
Climate Change Likely to Slow Plant Growth in Northern Hemisphere

While the higher temperatures and CO2 levels associated with climate change currently fuel plant productivity, a study finds that changing conditions could take a toll on photosynthesis rates in regions outside the Arctic within a decade.

While the higher temperatures and CO2 levels associated with climate change currently fuel plant productivity, a study finds that changing conditions could take a toll on photosynthesis rates in regions outside the Arctic within a decade.

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Arctic Greening Won’t Save the Climate—Here’s Why
Donatella Zona, The Conversation | Mar 30, 2022
The growing season on the tundra is starting earlier as the planet warms, but the plants aren’t sequestering more carbon, a new study finds.
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Soil Microbes Sacrifice Ribosomes in Response to Warming
Sophie Fessl | Mar 29, 2022
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Deep Sea Microbes Produce Graphite-like Carbon
Chloe Tenn | Nov 11, 2021
The first evidence of biologically produced elemental carbon inspires more questions than answers.  
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Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
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New Models Improve Long-Term Grass Pollen Forecasts
Asher Jones | Mar 26, 2021
More-accurate predictions of the severity of an upcoming grass pollen season based on rainfall and temperature could help allergy sufferers manage their symptoms.
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COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Have Negligible Effect on Climate Change
Amanda Heidt | Aug 7, 2020
A new study finds reductions in greenhouse gases are insufficient to substantially slow warming, and the authors argue that to continue the benefits of reduced emissions, policymakers will need to adopt green economic recovery strategies.
Lab-Evolved E. coli Consume Carbon Dioxide
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019
Bacteria that take in inorganic carbon could have applications in sustainable biofuels.
Image of the Day: Changing Forests
Emily Makowski | Nov 27, 2019
Carbon dioxide and temperature need to increase in a constant ratio for plants to keep up with climate change.
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Atmospheric CO2 Levels Reached Another High in 2018
Shawna Williams | Nov 26, 2019
The concentration of the greenhouse gas is now one-and-a-half times what it was before the Industrial Revolution, the World Meteorological Association says.
Image of the Day: Bubbling Plants
Emily Makowski | Nov 18, 2019
Plants use two different strategies to photosynthesize underwater.
Warming Permafrost Morphs Microbes into Greenhouse Gas Emitters
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2019
Insulating tundra soil with snow increased the abundance of microbial species involved in carbon dioxide and methane release.
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Clouds and Rain Carry a Menagerie of Photosynthetic Microbes
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 24, 2019
Microbiologists identify diatoms, algae, and cyanobacteria species from samples above a mountaintop in France.
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Study Fingers Bitcoin as Major Climate Change Culprit
Shawna Williams | Oct 29, 2018
Researchers predict that activity around the digital currency could single-handedly push warming above 2 °C within 30 years, but other experts say the conclusion is flawed.
Sinking Carbon
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
With samples taken from the crust of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, researchers have discovered where some of the oceans’ dissolved organic carbon winds up.
Climate Change Will Force Hundreds of Marine Species to Move
Catherine Offord | May 16, 2018
A study of 686 fish and invertebrates predicts that some animals will have to shift more than 1,000 kilometers to stay within tolerable temperatures.
Image of the Day: Coral on Acid
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2018
Researchers exposed a coral reef to carbonated water to study the effects of ocean acidification.
Global Forest Estimate Rises 9 Percent
Aggie Mika | May 15, 2017
Dryland biomes are covered in at least 40 percent more forest than previously estimated.
Plant Biologist Killed in Ethiopian Protest
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2016
Stone throwers hit the car Sharon Gray was riding in while visiting the country for a meeting.