The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History

by David Beerling

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The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History

by David Beerling


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  • Some Plants Do It Better

    We all know that evolution relies on the survival of the fittest. 30 million years ago, evolution gave certain plants an extra edge by developing a new and better way of undergoing photosynthesis. Only tropical plants have managed to adopt this new method, with more than 7500 plant species using it.

  • Ever-Changing Climate

    Many people these days know what greenhouse gases are. As the climate emergency becomes increasingly dire, we are all starting to see the effects of what kind of chaos an increase in greenhouse gases can wreak. 50 million years ago, global warming occurred too, caused by the same increase in green

  • Taking Over Polar Forests by Shedding Leaves

    Many trees in cold climates shed their leaves. These deciduous trees far outnumber evergreen trees in polar regions. However, they don’t do this because it costs less energy and allows them to survive longer. Rather, deciduous trees have evolved such that they do most of their growing during the sho

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