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Warmer Does Not Mean Drier

CO2 are pumped into a plot that is also warmed by infrared heaters.

Controlled concentrations of CO2 are pumped into a 3-metre diameter plot that is also warmed by infrared heaters overhead.

By Feike Dijkstra

A warmer climate causes grasslands to dry out faster, but a new study has found that more efficient water use by plants in response to rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere could completely offset the drying effect caused by warming.

Feike Dijkstra is a Senior Lecturer in Biogeochemistry in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Sydney. He is a research collaborator of the Prairie Heating and CO2 Enrichment experiment in Wyoming, USA.

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