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Plants can adapt their lignin using “chemically encoding” enzymes to face climate change

Lignin is an important carbon sink for the environment as it stores about 30 percent of the total carbon on the planet. It allows plants to hydrate and reach tremendous heights up to 100 metres; without lignin, plants could not grow nor survive climate changes. At the cell level, specific lignin chemistries adjust the mechanical strength and waterproofing to support plant growth and survival.

Second call for 2022 proposals in the Research Theme – “Water, biogeochemistry and Climate”

The objective of the new research theme Water, biogeochemistry and Climate are the coupled water and biogeochemical cycles and their interactions with climate and society over multiple spatial and temporal scales. Read more and apply!

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Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet on average

The warming during the summer months in Europe has been much faster than the global average, shows a new study by researchers at Stockholm University published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres. As a consequence of human emissions of greenhouse gases, the climate across the continent has also become drier, particularly in southern Europe, leading to worse heat waves and an increased risk of fires.

Researcher wants to reach out with research results during COP27

Gustaf Hugelius at the Bolin Centre for Climate Research is one of the researchers participating in the COP27 summit. His hope is to be able to share important research results to decision-makers, officials and organizations.

Dryland vegetation in Utah, US. Photo: Stefano Manzoni

Drylands: complex ecosystems under increasing climatic and anthropogenic pressures

Drylands cover 40% of the land surface and host more than two billion people. These complex ecosystems are adapted to water scarcity, but increasing aridity and anthropogenic pressures are undermining dryland ecological functioning and capacity to provide essential ecosystem services.