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The increasing proliferation of plant life in the Arctic may not be a massive difference-maker in the battle against global warming, new research reveals. Image Credit: Vladimir Melnik/Shutterstock.com
The image of the Arctic as a frozen wasteland could soon be a thing of the past thanks to climate change, with the region warming at double the rate of other areas of the planet.
Earth’s northern polar region experienced its second hottest 12 month period since records began in 2020. The preceding seven years also matching records set in the 1900s said the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in their 2020 report.
Though a worrying trend, researchers had believed that this warming could come with an unexpected upside. There was hope in the scientific community that as more plants began to grow in the Arctic thanks to the increasingly favorable conditions, the associated demand for carbon dioxide would create a new carbon dioxide sink and reduce the quantity of this greenhouse gas in Earth’s atmosphere.
Unfortunately, a team of scientists led by researchers from UC Irvine and Boston University has discovered that the increased plant biomass in the Arctic will not make as much impact on carbon dioxide and, in turn, climate […]