Plant die-off study faces questions

Plant die-off study faces questions

There are 1 comment on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation story from Aug 27, 2011, titled Plant die-off study faces questions. In it, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that:

Estimating accurately the impact of climate changes on plant life is important for understanding global food security, biofuel production and the carbon cycle A study on plant productivity that said drought and global warming were killing off plants worldwide is now being questioned by a new study.

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#1 Aug 27, 2011
"One of the key issues raised by critics was how the Zhao and Running study found a 0.34 per cent reduction in the southern hemisphere's plant productivity, offset slightly by a 0.24 percent increase in the northern hemisphere, for a net decline of 0.1 percent over a 10-year period.

"This is the proverbial needle in a haystack," says Simone Vieira, co-author and researcher at the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

"There is no model accurate enough to predict such minute changes over such short time intervals, even at hemispheric scales."
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I'm sure that scientists doing the studies aren't too worried about the outcome as long as their salaries arrive regularly.
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"This is science, where you take one step forward and two steps back," he says. "It's important for this to-and-fro to be able to play itself out."
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All jolly good fun at someone elses expense.

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