Corn Crop negatively affects the global temperatures, says NSF study

November 21, 2014 9:22 AM

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The levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere see a drastic drop in the Northern Hemisphere each year. It’s a widely known fact that plants inhale carbon dioxide in summers, and they exhale it in the season when they grow. In the last 50 years, this phenomena of such seasonal swings in the levels of carbon dioxide has increased around half. A team of researchers have stated that the agricultural produce generates as much as a quarter of this increase in the seasonal cycle. There are four crops, which cause this, however the corn crop has a major role to play in the process of disturbing global temperatures.

The research was funded by the National Science Foundation. “This study shows the power of modeling and data mining in addressing potential sources contributing to seasonal changes in carbon dioxide. It points to the role of basic research in finding answers to complex problems,” says Liz Blood, the...

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