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Plants capture more CO2 than expected – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 14th, 2014.

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has suggested that current climate models have underestimated how much carbon dioxide plants absorb, therefore overstating how much of the gas is actually in the atmosphere. The scientists say current forecasts don’t account for the slow diffusion of atmospheric carbon dioxide inside plant leaves, […]

BRIEFING: Do-it-yourself climate modelling

John Kerr posted in on March 26th, 2014.

Any Australian and New Zealander with a home computer and an internet connection will soon be able to power up their own climate model. The work will help scientists find the causes of the record high temperatures that hit Australia and New Zealand in 2013. The online climate experiment, Weather@Home, created by a group of […]

Exploring the side effects of geoengineering – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 26th, 2014.

Technological fixes to combat harmful effects of climate change — even if employed on a massive scale — will be ineffective in the face of ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions, new research suggests. A study from German researchers published this week in Nature Communications found no more than an 8% reduction in warming could result from […]

Climate answers buried in Antarctica

John Kerr posted in on June 24th, 2013.

Many of the remaining great unknowns about climate change lie buried within Antarctica’s ice. At the Strategic Science in Antarctica conference held in Hobart this week , the Australian Science Media Centre held an online media briefing with key speakers on some of the climate uncertainties relating to the icy continent. If the entire Antarctic […]

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