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  • Carbon Mapping Breakthrough September 13, 2010
    Carbon Mapping Breakthrough
    ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2010) - By integrating satellite mapping, airborne-laser technology, and ground-based plot surveys...Carbon Mapping Breakthrough
  • New Carbon Dioxide Emissions Model August 3, 2010
    New Carbon Dioxide Emissions Model
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2010) - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calculated projected temperature changesNew Carbon Dioxide Emissions Model
  • Travelling by Car Increases Global Temperatures More Than Travelling by Plane, but Only in the Long Term August 3, 2010
    Travelling by Car Increases Global Temperatures More Than Travelling by Plane, but Only in the Long Term
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 3, 2010) - Driving alone in a car increases global temperatures in the long runTravelling by Car Increases Global Temperatures More Than Travelling by Plane, but Only in the Long Term
  • Scrubbing CO2 from Atmosphere Could Be a Long-Term Commitment July 2, 2010
    Scrubbing CO2 from Atmosphere Could Be a Long-Term Commitment
    ScienceDaily (July 2, 2010) - With carbon dioxide in the atmosphere approaching alarming levels, even halting emissions altogether may not be enough to avert catastrophic climate change.Scrubbing CO2 from Atmosphere Could Be a Long-Term Commitment
  • Global warming? 97% of experts agree June 24, 2010
    Global warming? 97% of experts agree
    A new study of climate scientists' opinions shows 97 percent agree that global warming is driven mainly by human activity – emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.Global warming? 97% of experts agree
  • Once more into the breach for Orbital Sciences and the carbon observatory June 24, 2010
    Once more into the breach for Orbital Sciences and the carbon observatory
    The Orbiting Carbon Observatory was meant to precisely measure carbon dioxide throughout Earth's atmosphere.Once more into the breach for Orbital Sciences and the carbon observatory
  • New Plans Try to Revive Carbon Trading May 24, 2010
    New Plans Try to Revive Carbon Trading
    BRUSSELS-Carbon trading was meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union by making polluting more expensive for heavy industries, encouraging them to invest in cleaner technology.New Plans Try to Revive Carbon Trading
  • NASA slated to Receive Billions to Study Earth April 8, 2010
    NASA slated to Receive Billions to Study Earth
    NPR-NASA, the agency known for exploring space, will be spending a lot more time studying Earth in the next few years.NASA slated to Receive Billions to Study Earth
  • The 'New' NASA Will Look Back at Earth February 2, 2010
    The 'New' NASA Will Look Back at Earth
    NASA's new proposed budget will in part shift the space agency's focus...The 'New' NASA Will Look Back at Earth
  • Replacement satellite could play role in climate treaty December 8, 2009
    Replacement satellite could play role in climate treaty
    Spaceflight Now- NASA still has not received approval for a replacement...Replacement satellite could play role in climate treaty

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.