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The extensive mapping of vegetation and its condition form key elements of programmes aimed at the development of national and international food policies. Whilst ongoing research studies the more detailed biophysical processes.

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Is Europe an underestimated sink for carbon dioxide?

05 January 2015

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A new study using satellite data suggests that Europe's vegetation extracts more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide is the most important human-made greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Large areas of vegetation, such as forests, are considered carbon 'sinks' because they assist in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Without the natural carbon cycle, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration would be much higher and, consequently, the effects of global warming would be much larger.

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