Rising carbon dioxide is making the world’s plants more water-wise

From The Conversation July 24, 2017 5.18am EDT Tropical rainforests are among the biggest contributors to the global greening boom. AAP Image/Dave Hunt Rising carbon dioxide is making the world’s plants more water-wise July 24, 2017 5.18am EDT Pep Canadell, Francis Chiew, Lei Cheng, Lu Zhang, and Yingping Wang   Land plants are absorbing 17%…

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Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2

From CSIRO and “increased CO2 has benefits” department:  Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research. In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found…

Extreme cures for extreme sea level projections

Guest post by Cliff Ollier The Australian (March 24) reports that Port Macquarie Hastings Council is recommending the enforcement of a “planned retreat” because of an alleged danger from sea level rise in the distant future. The controversy about moving people from near-shore sites raises two questions: is the alarming rise in sea level projected…