|Gaia is happily consuming increased carbon dioxide.|
Perhaps Tim Flannery is right!
GAIA is alive and well and protecting the Earth from evil CO2.
Sorry, that's tongue in cheek. But it appears that the planet is coping with the increased carbon dioxide.
The Idso's great site CO2 Science (link in title) reports on a new peer reviewed paper:
Gurney, K.R. and Eckels, W.J. 2011. Regional trends in terrestrial carbon exchange and their seasonal signatures. Tellus 63B: 328-339.
This paper indicates that, as atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, the carbon sink is intensifying or as co2science explains it:
What it means==========================================
As ever more anthropogenic CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere and the air's CO2 concentration rises ever higher, so too does the photosynthetic prowess of earth's terrestrial vegetation grow ever stronger, as the great global greening of the earth gains ever more momentum and sucks ever more CO2 out of the air and incorporates it into living biomass and soil organic matter, thereby muting the rate of global warming that would otherwise prevail in the absence of this important negative feedback phenomenon.
Ben Cubby has reported in the SMH:
PLANTS have been breathing a lot more quickly than we thought, according to a study that suggests some climate change models may have to be modified to account for faster rates of photosynthesis.
An analysis of 30years of atmospheric records has shown that the total amount of carbon dioxide that passes through plants may have been underestimated by about 25per cent.
The study, published today in the journal Nature, traced oxygen atoms in individual CO2 molecules, and from this the US, Dutch and Australian researchers could determine how often each one had passed through a plant.