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Furthermore, a study from Current Biology found that the UV pigmentation of various flowers has changed in response to the climate crisis and the ozone crisis. Certain flowers have UV pigments that are invisible to the human eye but attract pollinators. The aforementioned environmental stressors can cause these flowers to produce more pigment — making it more difficult for pollinators to find the buds, potentially harming the flowers’ ability to propagate.
Matthias Forkel, a co-author of the study, echoed this sentiment in a report from National Geographic: “Plants and ecosystem take up around 25 percent of the human-caused fossil fuel emissions. Another 25 percent is taken up by the ocean, and the remaining 50 percent of CO2 emissions stay in the atmosphere. If plants grow more, they take up more carbon but the effect is small, far too small to compensate for the human CO2 emissions.”
Go Deeper: The hope is that we can significantly limit our global output of carbon dioxide, but if we stay on our current high-emissions trajectory, scientists have some ideas for how an increase of CO2 in the atmosphere could make plants and humans thirstier.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As Maui, Hawaii begins its “managed retreat” from its coastline due to sea-level rise caused by climate change, the county filed a lawsuit this week against big oil companies including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips to pay the costs of the move. The suit alleges that the companies knew […]
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