Nature, said Ralph Waldo Emerson, is no spendthrift. Unfortunately, he was wrong.
New research led by University of Utah biologists William Anderegg, Anna Trugman and David Bowling find that some plants and trees are prolific spendthrifts in drought conditions—“spending” precious soil water to cool themselves and, in the process, making droughts more intense. The findings are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We show that the actual physiology of … Read more