Another thing not in climate models 'Synchronized leaf aging' in the tropics

From the DOE/BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY Synchronized leaf aging in the Amazon responsible for seasonal increases in photosynthesis High-tech photography in the Amazon reveals that young leaves grow in at the same times as older ones perish UPTON, NY-One hundred and fifty feet above the ground in the Amazonian rainforest, a vast ocean of green spreads…

Northeast of Drax, author Paul Glazzard, source Wikimedia

EU probe into British Drax Biomass Subsidies

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The British Drax biomass plan has received a substantial setback. The Drax project is a plan to “save” the environment by chopping down vast tracts of forest in the USA and Canada, shipping the wood to Britain, and burning it in a modified coal plant. But the government subsidies Drax…

#AGU14 NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory shows surprising CO2 emissions in Southern Hemisphere

The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning. At a media briefing today at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California;…

Claim: Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

From the “yes, but does it clog your carburetor?” department comes this claim, which might work in theory, but may or may not be practical on a large scale. “Essentially, the method allows us to make a ‘petrochemical’ product using biomass – thus bridging the worlds of bio-economics and petro chemistry,” says co-author Dr. Bert…

Another benefit of climate change and increased CO2 – trees continue to grow at a faster rate

WUWT readers may recall this WUWT story from 2011: The Earth’s biosphere is booming, data suggests that CO2 is the cause, part 2 Now there is even more evidence. From From Technische Universität München: Study highlights forest growth trends from 1870 to the present- Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate “…scientists are…