Table of Contents

Preliminary; The climate system; From climate to vegetation; Plants on the move; Microclimates and vegetation; The desert makes the desert: Climate feedbacks from the vegetation of arid zones; Forests; Plants and the carbon cycle; The direct carbon dioxide effect on plants; Back matter. An account of the ways in which the world's plant life affects the climate. It covers topics ranging from tiny local microclimates created by plants to their effect on a global scale. It is suitable for those who have wondered how vegetation can create clouds, haze and rain, or how plants have an impact on the composition of greenhouse gases.