Moss releases its spores as ‘mushroom clouds’

A type of moss called ‘Sphagnum’ has a peculiar way of launching its spores so that they rise high enough in the air to be dispersed by winds. As the spores are released from the moss’ capsules—only about a centimetre above the ground—they form tiny mushroom clouds, helping them rise at least 10 cm up in the air, a study in Science finds (doi: 10.1126/science.1190179).  Read more

UK may miss out on ‘critical opportunities to build a green economy’

The independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised the UK government to increase investment in low-carbon technologies in order to boost green, economic growth and to achieve the target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050—relative to 1990 levels. The findings were published today in a report to the Government’s Chief Scientific advisor, Sir John Beddington.