‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

From Techxplore by University of Cambridge A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new benchmark in…

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Earth system models underestimate carbon fixation by plants in the high latitudes

From Nature Communications. Abstract Most Earth system models agree that land will continue to store carbon due to the physiological effects of rising CO2 concentration and climatic changes favoring plant growth in temperature-limited regions. But they largely disagree on the amount of carbon uptake. The historical CO2 increase has resulted in enhanced photosynthetic carbon fixation…

The Gas of Life

By Jim Goodridge  – former California State Climatologist Photosynthesis simply stated is 6CO2 + 6H2O + photons = C6H12O6+6O2. It is suggested by the relative abundances of atmospheric CO2 and O2, That CO2 is a quite active material and it is always in short supply. Plant growth is basically the chemical reaction of storing solar…