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Climate change leads to unexpected greening in drylands

Climate change leads to unexpected greening in drylands

Increased CO2 levels are causing vegetation growth in drylands despite predictions of widespread desertification.

Fred Pearce reports for Yale Environment 360.

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Under solar panels, desert restoration gets a leg up

Delicate biocrusts are used to restore drylands; instead of cultivating them in high-tech greenhouses, researchers are growing them under solar farms.
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The window of opportunity to address increasing drought and expanding drylands is vanishing

If the world overshoots its climate targets, drought could cause dryland areas to expand by a quarter and encompass half the Earth’s land area, threatening lives and livelihoods.
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Study: Climate change isn't causing drylands to get drier

The planet's drylands aren't getting drier as a result of global warming, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Scientists found a few key soil moisture-atmosphere feedback mechanisms are preventing Earth's drylands from becoming more arid.