According to a recent study, the surge in CO2 levels are 17 percent lower than predicted and plants are absorbing more carbon dioxide than expected. The study also highlighted the need to conserve the green cover on Earth since plants are critical in keeping atmospheric CO2 levels down.
Research shows that the levels of carbon dioxide globally are 17% lower than predicted by computer models. The study also shows plants are more effective in counteracting the effects of human made greenhouse gases. Scientists have indicted carbon dioxide as the prime cause of global warming and plants are doing a big service by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
According to Lianhong Gu, from the Climate Change Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States, most carbon cycle models have been over predicting the CO2 emission levels. Dr Gu feels that the CO2 emission prediction is in excess by more than 17% over a period of 100 years. Dr. Gu has published his paper in the Journal PNAS or the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and comes as a welcome news to the scientific community which has been used to a series of bad and doomsday predictions.
Dr Gu said the study also highlighted the need to conserve the green cover on Earth since plants are critical in keeping atmospheric CO2 levels down
He said, “It is very important to keep the planet green. You know, where every animal on this planet gets their food.”
However experts are quick to point out that it does not mean that climate change is not happening. It only confirms the need to conserve the planet’s greenery.
University of Melbourne climate scientist Peter Rayner said the study makes it imperative to delve deeper into understanding how nature absorbed CO2.
Peter said, “We understood already that nature was absorbing half the carbon dioxide we were putting in the atmosphere and now we understand a little more about how that’s happening. It’s particularly good news if they’re going to increase that rate as the carbon dioxide goes up. It helps us understand a puzzle about why carbon dioxide has changed, the way it has, over the last century – it’s a bit of a mystery to us why it hasn’t been increasing faster, actually.”