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Plants Are Absorbing More CO2 From the Atmosphere Without Using More Water

Flora around the world are sucking up 17 percent more heat-trapping gas than 30 years ago — and appear to be doing it without increasing water consumption.

Published On 07/28/2017
8:06 PM EDT
Estimated spatial trends in annual gross primary production and water use efficiency over 1982–2011. a Spatial variation (0.5° × 0.5°) of the linear trend in ecosystem GPP in g C m−2 per year2. b Spatial variation (0.5° × 0.5°) of the linear trend in ecosystem WUE in mg C mm−1 H2O per year.