Unintended consequences of carbon emissions


More plant life.


A new study published today in “Nature” by authors from the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the Goethe University Frankfurt suggests that large parts of Africa’s savannas may well be forests by 2100. The study suggests that fertilization by atmospheric carbon dioxide is forcing increases in tree cover throughout Africa. A switch from savanna to forest occurs once a critical threshold of CO2 concentration is exceeded, yet each site has its own critical threshold. The implication is that each savanna will switch at different points in time, thereby reducing the risk that a synchronous shock to the earth system will emanate from savannas.

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    • elsie
    • July 2nd, 2012

    Did you read the last paragraph? Not even the forests will make climate scientists happy!

    “A worrying implication is that the grasslands and open savannas of Africa, areas with unique floras and faunas, are set to be replaced by closed savannas or forests”

    (Tears her hair out in frustration!).

    • Relax. It’s OK, elsie. Remember, we saved the planet yesterday.

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • July 2nd, 2012

    Want to save the savannah? ClimateCoices will fix that, just ask the alp.

      • minicapt
      • July 3rd, 2012

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NS_Savannah

      Cheers

      • Better.

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • July 3rd, 2012

    So more carbon equals more trees. More trees use up more carbon.

    Now how the hell are the good folks at Big Oil ™ meant to deal with that?

    • Bribe Big Government to mandate wood stove replacements under the bonnet?

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