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  • 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
  • OCO-2 on The Weather Channel November 29, 2012
    OCO-2 on The Weather Channel
    How do we follow the sources and sinks of CO2 on Earth? By having an orbiter...OCO-2 on The Weather Channel
  • AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low August 17, 2012
    AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S...AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Climb in 2011 August 8, 2012
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Climb in 2011
    International talks to address human-caused global warming began 20 years ago in Rio de Janeiro.Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Climb in 2011
  • Why Earth is still absorbing our carbon dioxide? August 8, 2012
    Why Earth is still absorbing our carbon dioxide?
    Our planets ocean's and plants are soaking up unexpected levels of manmade carbon dioxide, but scientists say we cannot count on nature to do so indefinitely.Why Earth is still absorbing our carbon dioxide?
  • NASA Selects Launch Contractor for Three Missions July 16, 2012
    NASA Selects Launch Contractor for Three Missions
    PASADENA, Calif. - NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)...NASA Selects Launch Contractor for Three Missions
  • Global carbon emissions rise is far bigger than previous estimates June 22, 2012
    Global carbon emissions rise is far bigger than previous estimates
    Carbon dioxide emissions have risen by even more than previously thought, according to new data analysed by the Guardian...Global carbon emissions rise is far bigger than previous estimates
  • Underground carbon dioxide storage likely would cause earthquakes June 18, 2012
    Underground carbon dioxide storage likely would cause earthquakes
    The notion of mitigating harmful carbon dioxide emissions by storing the gas underground is not practical...Underground carbon dioxide storage likely would cause earthquakes
  • The 'carbon footprint' of power generation May 18, 2012
    The 'carbon footprint' of power generation
    We are all aware of global warming; but fewer of us realise what exactly the notorious 'carbon footprint' implies.The 'carbon footprint' of power generation

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.