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Study finds carbon-hungry plants impede growth rate of atmospheric CO2 [Registered]

New findings suggest the rate at which CO2 is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because Earth’s vegetation is grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades. That’s the conclusion of a new multi-institutional study led by a scientist from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). It’s based on extensive ground and atmospheric observations of CO2, satellite measurements of vegetation, and computer modelling. The research is published online Nov. 8 in the journal Nature Communications. While human activity continues to emit increasing amounts of carbon, and the atmospheric concentration of CO2,…

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