Scientists: Please Fund Us (or the microbes get it!)

From the Famous National Lampoon Cover department: Leaving microbes out of climate change conversation has major consequences, experts warn From the University of New South Wales (home of the Ship of Fools) More than 30 microbiologists from 9 countries have issued a warning to humanity – they are calling for the world to stop ignoring…

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How plants are working hard for the planet

Since the beginning of the industrial era, photosynthesis has increased in nearly constant proportion to the rise in atmospheric CO2 James Cook University As the planet warms, plants are working to slow the effect of human-caused climate change – and research published today in Trends in Plant Science has assessed how plants are responding to…

The Obvious Biomass Emissions Error

Guest essay by Steve Goreham When Thomas Edison established his Pearl Street power plant in New York City in 1892, he used coal for fuel, not wood. Wood fuel could not compete with the cost of coal in 1892 and it still can’t today. Nevertheless, burning of biomass is widely regarded as sustainable and promoted…

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

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…

Study suggests increased atmospheric CO2 created a 30% growth in plant photosynthesis during last two centuries

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – MERCED and the “CO2 is plant food, but, it’s still terrible department” (see text) Research shows global photosynthesis on the rise Plant photosynthesis was stable for hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but grew rapidly in the 20th century, according to new research published today in Nature. “Virtually…