Policy Documents

NIPCC IR1 - Chapter 7 - Terrestrial Plants and Soils

August 29, 2011

Chapter 7 reviews new research on the effects of rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations on plants and soils. It confirms NIPCC’s earlier finding that plants benefit from both trends and increase the amount of carbon they sequester in woody tissue and root systems. Rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2 concentrations, by increasing crop yields, will play a major role in averting hunger and ecological destruction in the future.