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Posts By Hillary Rosner

Plants are Great at Storing CO2. These Scientists Aim to Make Them Even Better.

April 25, 2018 |

This article was originally published on ensia.com.

Researchers around the world are working to improve plants’ ability to combat climate change.

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Many strategies aimed at mitigating global warming involve huge shifts in human behavior: stop burning coal for electricity, stop driving gas-powered cars, stop destroying rainforests. These are all necessary — and all involve complex political, cultural and socio-economic hurdles for humans. But what if we could also change the behavior of a far more pliant group of organisms, those that consumethe carbon dioxide we emit? It’s a demand-side approach to reducing the threat of climate change, and lately it’s been gaining some extra research steam: capturing and storing that excess carbon by boosting the capacity of nature’s own carbon-storing technology, plants.
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