29 Jul '17, 4pm

Plants may be wising up faster than humans to the dangers of global warming | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Plants may be wising up faster than humans to the dangers of global warming | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Plants may be doing their part to fight climate change. According to a study published in the science journal Nature Communications, land-based vegetation has boosted its carbon dioxide absorption by 17 percent compared to 30 years ago. Even more astonishing, the study notes, these land plants are using less water to do so. In other words, as the planet's CO2 levels rise, plants are soaking up more of it — and doing it significantly more efficiently. “We found that rising CO2 levels are causing the world’s plants to become more water-wise, almost everywhere, whether in dry places or wet ones,” the Australian scientists noted . It’s almost as if the world’s vegetation got together in Paris and signed an accord pledging to ... oh wait, that was supposed to be our end of the deal . In any case, our greenest global citizens appear to be picking up some of our slack. And it cou...

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