Climate Catalysts: The Pairs Trade Of The Century

New research showing how plants react to increasing temperatures and CO2 levels suggests catalysts for climate change adaptation and mitigation businesses

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Fried flour tortillas may be worth more their weight in gold soon. Source: Wikipedia.org

Executive Summary

The Research

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The green curve shows the temperature at which 85% of all plants’ photosynthetic processes start to decline (between 15–20 degrees C). The brown line shows that respiration increases with temperature. Source: Creative Commons use of image copyrighted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
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The ability of land-based plants to function as a carbon sink (blue line) declines precipitously at a temperature very close to the earth’s average temperature right now. Source: Creative Commons use of image copyrighted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Why This Research Matters

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The top map shows the number of months where average temperatures now exceed the temperature at which photosynthetic processes are maximized. The bottom map shows what the same map will look like in 2040 given our current CO2 and temperature trajectories. Source: Creative Commons use of image copyrighted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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