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News and Research

Mystery Solved: Why Plants Are Releasing Less CO2

When carbon dioxide rises, plants release less, and for decades scientists couldn't figure out why. With a new paper in Global Change Biology, plant physiologist Bert Drake may finally have the answer.

Climate Change Opens Arctic to Invasions

Melting sea ice is connecting the north Atlantic and north Pacific oceans for the first time in millions of years. A Nature Climate Change article reveals how this could spread invasive species.


How to Save Chesapeake Seagrass

Bay SAV rose 24 percent in the last year, but it still has a ways to go. SERC ecologists Chris Patrick and Don Weller reveal how different shorelines could help or hinder a recovery.



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