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Plants retain more moisture in high carbon dioxide conditions, keeping water on land

 

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The implications of plants needing less water with more carbon dioxide in the environment changes assumptions of climate change impacts on agriculture, water resources, wildfire risk, and plant growth, say scientists.
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Climate change has less impact on drought than previously expected

Source: University of California – Irvine

Summary: As a multiyear drought grinds on in the Southwestern United States, many wonder about the impact of global climate change on more frequent and longer dry spells. As humans emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, how will water supply for people, farms, and forests be affected?

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.