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  • Seabed test mimics carbon dioxide release May 15, 2012
    Seabed test mimics carbon dioxide release
    Scientists are beginning a month-long experiment in Scottish waters to study the impact of a possible leak from an undersea carbon dioxide storage site.Seabed test mimics carbon dioxide release
  • Watching the planet breathe February 28, 2012
    Watching the planet breathe
    By Amber Jenkins, NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryWatching the planet breathe
  • 8th International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurements from Space (IWGGMS) February 24, 2012
    8th International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurements from Space (IWGGMS)
    The OCO-2 team cordially invites you to the 8th International IWGGMS meeting at Caltech.8th International Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Measurements from Space (IWGGMS)
  • Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Faces One-Year Delay February 10, 2012
    Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Faces One-Year Delay
    Space Flight Now - The launch of NASA's second Orbiting Carbon Observatory, under construction to replace a satellite lost in 2009...Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Faces One-Year Delay
  • Climate Proposal Puts Practicality Ahead of Sacrifice January 16, 2012
    Climate Proposal Puts Practicality Ahead of Sacrifice
    New York Times - The current issue of the journal Science contains a proposal to slow global warming that is extraordinary for a couple of reasons:Climate Proposal Puts Practicality Ahead of Sacrifice
  • Online Map Shows Biggest Greenhouse Gas Emitters January 11, 2012
    Online Map Shows Biggest Greenhouse Gas Emitters
    Washington- The EPA for the first time is making available detailed information on sources of greenhouse gas emissions,Online Map Shows Biggest Greenhouse Gas Emitters
  • Wetlands: Drying Intensifying Wildfires, Carbon Release Ninefold, Study Finds November 4, 2011
    Wetlands: Drying Intensifying Wildfires, Carbon Release Ninefold, Study Finds
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2011) — Drying of northern wetlands has led to much more severe peatland wildfires and nine times as much carbon released into the atmosphere, according to new research led by a University of Guelph professor.Wetlands: Drying Intensifying Wildfires, Carbon Release Ninefold, Study Finds
  • Maryland Climate Plan Passes Key Tests November 4, 2011
    Maryland Climate Plan Passes Key Tests
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2011) — Maryland's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 meets a series of benchmark tests set by state lawmakersMaryland Climate Plan Passes Key Tests
  • EPA Stalls on Carbon Dioxide Rules November 4, 2011
    EPA Stalls on Carbon Dioxide Rules
    C&EN - EPA has backtracked from its scheduled release of proposed rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electric utilities. Instead, EPA said in a statement it will issue the proposal “soon.”EPA Stalls on Carbon Dioxide Rules
  • Breeding Crops With Deeper Roots Could 'Slash CO2 Levels' August 3, 2011
    Breeding Crops With Deeper Roots Could 'Slash CO2 Levels'
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2011) - Breeding crops with roots a metre deeper in the ground could lower atmospheric CO2 levelsBreeding Crops With Deeper Roots Could 'Slash CO2 Levels'

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.