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Global Warming's Ecosystem Double Whammy


September 18, 2008

cover of Nature magazine Plants and soils act like sponges for atmospheric carbon dioxide, but new research finds that one abnormally warm year can suppress the amount of carbon dioxide taken up by some grassland ecosystems for up to two years. The findings, which followed an unprecedented four-year study of sealed, 12-ton containerized grassland plots is the cover story in the September 18 issue of the journal Nature. Full Story

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