The Fate of Tropical Rainforests in a Super CO2-Enriched and Warmer World

January 2011
CO2 Science;1/26/2011, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p7
The article examines the situation of tropical rainforests amidst high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment and global warming. It presents a study, which involved an analysis of pollen and spore contents and the stable carbon isotopic composition of organic materials gathered from three tropical terrestrial Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) sites in eastern Colombia and western Venezuela. Results showed that the onset of the PETM is correlated with the increase in biodiversity.


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