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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Scientists discover cloud-thickening chemicals in trees that could offer a new weapon in the fight against global warming

Scientists discover cloud-thickening chemicals in trees that could offer a new weapon in the fight against global warming

Date : 31st October 2008, Source : The Guardian (UK)



Trees could be more important to the Earth's climate than previously thought, according to a new study that reveals forests help to block out the sun. Scientists in the UK and Germany have discovered that trees release a chemical that thickens clouds above them, which reflects more sunlight and so cools the Earth. The research suggests that chopping down forests could accelerate global warming more than was thought, and that protecting existing trees could be one of the best ways to tackle the problem.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/31/forests-climatechange





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