Ozone

OZONE….Here’s the latest news on the climate change front:

Rising levels of ozone pollution near the ground are damaging the ability of plants to take up carbon dioxide, reducing their potential to act as a counterbalance to greenhouse gas accumulation, scientists said Wednesday.

….The finding adds a new component that will have to be factored into climate models used to assess the future effects of global warming, they said.

….[Stephen] Sitch and his colleagues projected that the largest reduction in carbon absorption would take place over North America, Europe, China and India.

So burning fossil fuels not only produces CO2, but also creates ozone that prevents plants from absorbing the CO2 that the burning produces in the first place. The news just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?