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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 Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Hurricane Ida hit the shores of Louisiana nearly a month ago, bringing Category 4 hurricane winds and severe flooding. The storm caused at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in the state, as estimated by experts at the LSU AgCenter. More than 50% of the damage costs were […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a $15 billion package to fund climate change and drought mitigation strategies. The new legislation consists of 24 bills that focus on climate and clean energy efforts, droughts, and wildfire preparedness. Why this Matters: This is the largest climate funding package in […]
On Tuesday night, seven late night hosts teamed up for “Climate Night” and used their platforms to build climate change awareness. Planned to coincide with Climate Week NYC, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, and more took to the airwaves to talk infrastructure, environmental justice, and advice for how to talk to deniers. […]
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