Plants Are Struggling to Keep Up with Rising Carbon Dioxide Concentrations

  • Released Thursday, December 10th, 2020
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM

Plants play a key role in mitigating climate change. The more carbon dioxide they absorb during photosynthesis, the less carbon dioxide remains trapped in the atmosphere where it can cause temperatures to rise. But scientists have identified an unsettling trend – 86% of land ecosystems globally are becoming progressively less efficient at absorbing the increasing levels of CO2 from the atmosphere.



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