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Changes in the Land: Environmental Stresses and the Terrestrial Biosphere's Capacity to Store Carbon

Changes in the Land: Environmental Stresses and the Terrestrial Biosphere's Capacity to Store Carbon

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: The Henry Kendall Memorial Lecture Series. Jerry Melillo bears a formidable burden of knowledge. He studies the forces behind global warming, and attempts to predict how they will shape the future of the planet. Melillo's research involves both small-scale and large-scale studies, in different regions of the world, and allows him to form a truly global picture of the ways carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, or stored within terrestrial ecosystems. Melillo's research in Massachusetts forests has highlighted a little known piece of the carbon cycle: If more nitrogen becomes available to plants, they grow better, and tend to accumulate more carbon-- reducing the amount released to the atmosphere. So one way of helping reduce atmospheric... Show More
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