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  • Study shows new forests cannot take in as much carbon as predicted

    Atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain and graduate student Prasanth Meiyappan found that most carbon emissions models overestimate the capacity of regrowing forests to take in carbon. Despite a projected abundance of photosynthesis-fueling carbon, nitrogen is limited, thus limiting forests' growth.

    Atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain and graduate student Prasanth Meiyappan found that most carbon emissions models overestimate the capacity of regrowing forests to take in carbon. Despite a projected abundance of photosynthesis-fueling carbon, nitrogen is limited, thus limiting forests' growth.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Atul Jain, call (217) 333-2128; email jain1@illinois.edu. To reach Joanna House, call +44 (0) 7986 860 335; email jo.house@bristol.ac.uk.

    The paper “Increased influence of nitrogen limitation on CO2 emissions from future land use and land-use change” is available online.