More Than We Thought

A study published in November 2023 found that plants may be absorbing 20% more environmental CO2 that previously thought. I find it intriguing that such a significant change was the result of adding real but seemingly small complexities of “How efficiently CO2 moves within a leaf, how plants adjust to changes in environmental temperature, and how they distribute nutrients most economically.” In Ms. Thompson’s review, just quoted, I found a particular observation particularly valuable, “The researchers found that the more complex their modeling, the more surprising the results – in the environment’s favor.” As I approach the natural world with questions rather than forced answers, I find much more wonder.

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