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  • OCO-2 Makes Best Science & Technology Pictures of the Week! January 31, 2014
    OCO-2 Makes Best Science & Technology Pictures of the Week!
    Impressive pictures featured in BBC Future.OCO-2 Makes Best Science & Technology Pictures of the Week!
  • NASA 2014: Earth January 23, 2014
    NASA 2014: Earth
    In 2014, we are taking on the greatest challenge of our generation...NASA 2014: Earth
  • NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science January 22, 2014
    NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science
    For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science
  • Microbe community changes may reduce Amazon's ability to lock up carbon dioxide January 8, 2014
    Microbe community changes may reduce Amazon's ability to lock up carbon dioxide
    A paper in the January issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology examines microorganism communities in the Amazon, where rainforests have been converted to pasturelandMicrobe community changes may reduce Amazon's ability to lock up carbon dioxide
  • Earth More Sensitive to Increasing Greenhouse Gas Than Thought January 2, 2014
    Earth More Sensitive to Increasing Greenhouse Gas Than Thought
    Earth's climate may warm considerably more than expected in response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a new study of a broad range of climate models hints.Earth More Sensitive to Increasing Greenhouse Gas Than Thought
  • Just 5 questions: Carbon dioxide and the OCO-2 mission December 6, 2013
    Just 5 questions: Carbon dioxide and the OCO-2 mission
    The buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the main greenhouse gas driving global warming and the benchmark indicator for global climate change.Just 5 questions: Carbon dioxide and the OCO-2 mission
  • OCO-2 and the Carbon Story October 31, 2013
    OCO-2 and the Carbon Story
    Learn more about why we are flying OCO-2...OCO-2 and the Carbon Story
  • EPA: Texas still No. 1 in carbon dioxide emissions October 23, 2013
    EPA: Texas still No. 1 in carbon dioxide emissions
    HOUSTON (AP) - Greenhouse gas pollution decreased both nationwide and in Texas last year, but the Lone Star State still leads in carbon dioxide emissions, according to a federal report released Wednesday.EPA: Texas still No. 1 in carbon dioxide emissions
  • IPCC climate report: the digested read September 27, 2013
    IPCC climate report: the digested read
    The fifth assessment report from the IPCC looks at everything from oceans and sea ice to carbon budgets and geoengineeringIPCC climate report: the digested read
  • Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere pass 400 milestone, again May 20, 2013
    Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere pass 400 milestone, again
    The ratio of carbon dioxide reached 400 parts per million Sunday in readings taken by the two top monitors of greenhouse gases.Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere pass 400 milestone, again

Watching the planet breathe
Watching the planet breathe

When plants photosynthesize, they use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into sugars used to live and grow. In doing so, they give off a fluorescent light — a glow that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but that can be seen with the right instruments. More photosynthesis translates into more fluorescence, meaning that the plants are very productive in taking up carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide taken up by plants is called “gross primary productivity,” and is the largest part of the global carbon cycle.