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AND NOW, AT LAST, SOME GOOD NEWS ABOUT EL NINO

Finally, some good news about El Nino.

The climate phenomenon that is being blamed for floods, hurricanes and early snowstorms also deserves credit for invigorating plants and helping to control the pollutant linked to global warming, a new study shows.

El Nino -- the periodic warming of eastern Pacific Ocean waters -- causes a burst of plant growth throughout the world and this removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,

Natural weather events, such as the brief warming caused by El Nino, have a much more dramatic effect than previously believed on how much carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants and how much of the gas is expelled by the soils, said David Schimel of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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