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Senior Advisor

Crops Contribute to Increase In SEASONAL CO2 Cycle

There have been a number of headlines in the last few days noting that a UW-Madison study shows that a 240% incresae in grain productivity has led to a 50% greater increase in seasonal CO2 release.

 

The word seasonsl is downplayed.  The initial impression is more corn means more CO2.  

 

The truth is that crops are like a big sponge.  They absorb more CO2 in the spring and summer and release more CO2 in the fall.  It doesn not mean there is more CO2 being denerated.

 

Here's a more objective perspective.

 

http://www.news.wisc.edu/23298

 

 

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Re: Crops Contribute to Increase In SEASONAL CO2 Cycle

Co2 levels decrease in the summer as the "crop sponge" soaks it up? Should lead to cooler summers and warmer winters when the co2 is released?
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Re: Crops Contribute to Increase In SEASONAL CO2 Cycle

Many thanks Jim for this information.

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