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Plants Suck 123 Billion Tons of CO2 Annually

Recent publications from the Canadian Carbon Program, including the McMaster Centre for Climate Change, were featured by CBC news.

Measurements were taken from 253 flux towers around the world, including this one high above the tropical forest in Ghana.

Measurements were taken from 253 flux towers around the world, including this one high above the tropical forest in Ghana. (Science/AAAS)

Trees, shrubs and grasses around the world take in 123 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year through photosynthesis, an international research team has calculated.

The results published online in Science Xpress on Monday mark the first time researchers have based such a calculation on such a large number of actual measurements instead of mainly computer modelling, said Altaf Arain, an associate professor of geography and earth sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.

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Past News Articles

CBC News: Plants suck 123 billion tonnes of CO2 a year
Article published on July 6, 2010 featuring the Climate Centre and Dr. Altaf Arain for contributions to the research paper

The Hamilton Spectator: Scientists pinpoint how much carbon Earth’s plants take in
Article published July 10 featuring the Climate Centre and Dr. Altaf Arain as an expert in the field of climate change
A copy of the article is attached for reference.

The Hamilton Spectator: Dounpour causes chaos
Article published July 10, 2010 featuring the Climate Centre and Dr. Altaf Arain

McMaster University’s “The Spotlight”
Hosted by Nic Armstrongm July 26, 2010.
Climate Centre featured on “the spotlight” in two episodes, The Environ Mentalists, Climate Crusaders

McMaster University Press Release 
Scientists working in new Centre for Climate Change
Circulated to local media groups, April 13, 2010

Innovation Quest: Getting high with nature to study dramatic climate change
Dr. Altaf Arain interviewed as representative for the Climate Centre
Article featured the Climate Centre and green energy and clean technologies.
See Page 9 of “Innovation Quest” for full article.

Spotlight Video Series: McMaster UTV
Two videos The Environ Mentalists and Climate Crusaders were created featuring the Climate Centre
Both videos can be seen on the McMaster UTV site at www.youtube.com/user/McMasterUTV under the Spotlight Series

Canadian Light Source: Sulphur-eating bacteria limit acid run-off and CO2.
Article published, Jan 15, 2010 featuring Climate Centre member Dr. Lesley Warren and her student Kelsey Norlund.
Article available on http://www.lightsource.ca/media/S-bacteria.php

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