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Global plant growth surging alongside co2

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Added On April 25, 2017

Scientists now have an answer to a question experts have been wrestling with for decades.

Have rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere impacted plant growth?

A new study reveals the answer to be a massive yes.

Scientists determine that plants around the world are using thirty percent more carbon dioxide than they did 100 years ago.

And that means they are growing more.

Researchers calculated this number by looking at levels of carbonyl sulfide over the past century.

A 2007 study showed its rate in the atmosphere is indicative of how much carbon dioxide plants are absorbing.

Scientists hope the data about how carbon dioxide levels impact plant growth will help predict other environmental responses to fossil fuel emissions.