Australia's 'great green boom' of 2010-11 has been undone by drought
Dec 06, 2016
Back in 2010-11 Australia "greened", as record-breaking rains triggered a boom in plant growth that removed huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stored it as carbon in the landscape.
Why the massive Canadian boreal forest differs from the boreal forest in Northwestern Europe
Nov 14, 2016
Rudy Boonstra has been doing field research in Canada's north for more than 40 years.
What the ancient CO2 record may mean for future climate change
Oct 24, 2016
The last time Earth experienced both ice sheets and carbon dioxide levels within the range predicted for this century was a period of major sea level rise, melting ice sheets and upheaval of tropical forests.
Future increase in plant photosynthesis revealed by seasonal carbon dioxide cycle
Oct 03, 2016
Doubling of the carbon dioxide concentration will cause global plant photosynthesis to increase by about one third, according to a paper published in the journal Nature.
Giant algal bloom sheds light on formation of White Cliffs of Dover
Sep 20, 2016
A great algae bloom at the bottom of the world is teaching scientists more about how an iconic symbol of the United Kingdom came to be.
Marine macroalgae removes large amounts of atmospheric carbon
Sep 12, 2016
Our understanding of the global carbon cycle has been reshaped by KAUST researchers who have helped to reveal a major role for the abundance of seaweed growing around the world's coasts.
Calculating the role of lakes in global warming
Sep 07, 2016
As global temperatures rise, how will lake ecosystems respond? As they warm, will lakes—which make up only 3 percent of the landscape, but bury more carbon than the world's oceans combined—release more of the greenhouse ...
Biomass turnover time in ecosystems is halved by land use
Aug 23, 2016
In order to improve our understanding of climate change and to increase the predictability of future dynamics, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of the global carbon cycle. To date, little is known about the ...
Limestone assimilation under volcanoes helps understand Earth's carbon cycle
Aug 08, 2016
In a new study researchers from Sweden and Italy show what happens when magma meets limestone on its way up to the surface. Magma-limestone interaction might help explain why volcanoes like Vesuvius in Italy and Merapi in ...
The outer edge of a star's habitable zone a hard place for life
Jul 12, 2016
Earth is situated right in the middle of our Sun's habitable zone and it's a comfortable place for life. We enjoy a relatively stable climate and the right amount of warmth to allow liquid water.