Reply Mama Mia Reply clogging up the lake frontage, not cogging, sorry….typo LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 I don’t know why more benches are not placed downtown, along with planters with flowers and plants along the sidewalks of the business sections? More lighting along North Park as it changes into Rock Springs Road still needed too. Still waiting on the Welcome to Apopka new signs………..weren’t they to light up too? Mama Mia MaMa, we did not hack, Hillary screwed herself and should be in prison. GET A LIFE Vladimir Vladimir Please enter your comment! Mama Mia January 3, 2017 at 8:42 am After researching a bit about the CRA budget along with other funding that will be used to spring board business and economic growth it appears to be a good opportunity. Let’s get the SJWM people to agree and let’s plant some wildflowers along the Wildlife Drive Loop along Lake Apopka North Shore…..would look great with the bird photography. Please enter your name here As for a positive note, things are looking up in Apopka now. We are now getting a nice new sidewalk along the woods along Maine St. that leads to Apopka High School and joins Martin St. The Apopka High has leveled the fenced in area in front of the school that was piled up in dirt and grown up with weeds at the front of the school, and it looks nice now. Lake Avenue Park grant has been granted and the city is putting up their share of the money to improve the park with new playground equipment, new grass, an irrigation system, benches, new picnic tables, and I believe a covered pavilion, plus the soil will be tested to insure that the ground is free from toxic chemicals where children will play. This will be coming soon. Also I drove by Dream Lake Park today and they are beginning some work of digging out some of the cattails that have been cogging up the lake frontage…..so I am a happy camper……wish I could say something positive about the national scene, but all I can do is hold my nose and not gag when that irrational irresponsible orange man comes on tv…….. A.Centen January 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm Mama Mia I agree with Lydia and how can you come to that conclusion that Nov.election was hacked… by reading fake news?? Our election system that has been used to elect our presidents without failing for hundreds of years concluded that Donald Trump is the elect president. That has proven that voters decided to think out of the box and no longer take crap from the same politicos. Reply Dat Poe Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 My, Apopka is on the map! The problem will be that the Mayor has his own ideas of what should happen in this town. The Mayor has made it very clear that he is on a mission to turn Apopka into Joe’s Florida. This selfishness will eventually open up the eyes of all, look at the Nov election, it represented a time when the people stood up and stated we are no longer taking crap from politicos. The Mayor is bad for Apopka. TAGSCRAGreg Jackson Previous articlePlymouth Sorrento lane closures scheduledNext articleWhat You Need to Know About PCOS Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply A. Centen, you think? You seriously don’t believe the allegations that our elections were hacked? Believe what you want, but there is evidence that it did happen and Russia was responsible because Putin was trying to help Trump get elected. Trump is even is on audio and video calling for the Russians to hack into our system….(treason)…. Of course hardly any of the Republicans in power want to open up an investigation. They prefer to forget and let’s move on because it benefited their party. Also the FBI did a number on Hillary (Comey) and now that Trump is in there, he talks about investigating Comey but the truth is he was so glad that Comey did what he did, as it helped him get elected (if he did win) and I doubt that he did win with the hacking……….now as to standing up to crap from politicos, Trump’s administration first order of business was try to gut the ethics commission, and now plans to leave a vacancy in the intelligence commission……nice. Really nice. Wait for the stuff that affects the average citizen……you will see plenty of crap from that politician and his crappy cronies!!!! But believe what you want, and vote however you want……votes of the people don’t count anyway, in the national election. I hope honestly that our democracy can survive and that Trump doesn’t throw our long- standing allies away and become close allies with the likes of Putin’s Russia, and other Communist countries……now we know why Trump said the election was rigged before the votes were cast….he knew it was rigged all along, for him!!!! Susan Bowman January 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm January 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply We could really use some upscale painted murals. Jazz up the downtown area. Nice ones, not those awful graffiti type ones I see east of Orange Av. in Orlando out on Colonial Drive…..no, no, no. Classy, not trashy ones. Reply January 4, 2017 at 9:39 pm January 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm January 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm Mama Mia January 4, 2017 at 11:46 pm Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here January 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply January 4, 2017 at 7:23 pm Mama Mia Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom January 5, 2017 at 10:19 am 17 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Vladimir, Hillary no more deserves to be in prison than” the orange man” deserves to be in the White House. Have you been hittin the Russian vodka cocktails too frequently again? Should you not be training some future KGB enforcers or attending Russian ballet company performances, tweeting your bro-crush puppet, or something????……you GET A LIFE VLADIMIR. Mama Mia How should Apopka spend some of its CRA budget money? Let’s heavily sow some wildflowers along the roadways in and out of town along the shoulders and medians. Then we will have beauty to look at and not have to pay out so much for mowing to the employees and inmates. Let’s get with the wildflower groups and hope they will help us with the project as to knowing what type of wildflowers would be easy to grow and successful and maybe they could help with the seeds or where to obtain them. We used to have state specialty tags that were for wildflowers and they were selling well, but I think Gov. Rick Scott had them axed, at least that is what I heard. I wonder what the governor has against wildflowers? Part of the money paid out for the tags went to promoting wildflowers. Maybe there is still some cash available? Mama Mia Let’s spend some CRA money on replacing the bridge and docks at Dream Lake Park, and building them out of weather resistant materials such as metal or resin type lumber that won’t rot, and put a fountain out in the middle of Dream Lake to help the lake quality and fish. Let’s get another eagle scout project going and build some purple martin bird condos high upon tall metal poles to place across the lake frontage to help keep the mosquitoes controlled, and a drinking water fountain, new picnic tables, benches, restrooms, and new sprucing up. Lydia Mosten January 4, 2017 at 11:50 am Mama Mia Vladimir, if I were you, I would go seek a legal last name change……who wants to be referred to as Mr. ( what rimes with tootin)?????……LOL!!! January 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply Mama Mia January 3, 2017 at 6:34 am January 5, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Community Redevelopment Agency: The Bucks Start HereOpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq. After taking three consecutive weeks to write about violence in the Apopka community, my sincere hope is that I now have your attention so that I can share my opinion of how strategic, deliberate economic development within underserved areas of Apopka may serve as one of the major solutions to the problem. Just recently, a small Central Florida town of less than 3,000 residents was visited by Governor Rick Scott who announced major jobs and economic development coming to the town. The project involves over $50 million in development and will bring over 100 high-tech jobs to an area that needs a boost to its revenue engine. A statement made by the Governor as he was greeted in a room of less than 25 people stood out to me — jobs and economic opportunities change attitudes.Greg JacksonOne bit of information that I have firsthand knowledge of is that the community redevelopment agency (“CRA”) in this small town provided some necessary funding to keep the project on track. I also know that in anticipation of the upcoming development, the town with the assistance of a brilliant young lawyer developed an infill affordable housing program to provide downpayment assistance to home buyers to help redevelop an area seeking economic growth opportunities. Why am I discussing this? Because I am convinced that Apopka’s CRA is poised to bring equal and greater economic opportunities to the areas within its CRA boundaries, specifically south of 441 and along Central Avenue, if it can realize that jobs and economic development changes attitudes.In describing the purpose and use of CRA funds, I can use technical and legal terms that even confuse most elected officials and even some members of CRA Boards who are charged with overseeing the agency and the use of its funds. But, in short, CRA’s are statutorily created agencies that were established to address “slum” and “blighted” areas within defined boundaries of a municipality. In some rare cases, the CRA boundaries encompass the whole municipality; but in other areas, such as Apopka, the CRA boundaries encompass areas that have been largely underserved and would benefit from redevelopment efforts. For fear that I may be giving an over-simplified view of CRA’s, I believe that CRA funds best serve a community when the communities needs are evaluated, keeping in mind that the primary intent of such funds is to address slum and blighted areas. Interestingly, in laying out workable programs for CRA’s to prevent the spread of slum and blighted areas, the law dictates that there should be development of affordable housing programs, as well as the implementation of community policing innovations.In taking an unprecedented approach to address an issue that is reaching epidemic proportions — violent crimes — a plan has been developed by the Apopka Task Force on Violence and it is seeking funds to help reduce violence while increasing economic opportunities to change attitudes. The reality is that in order for this plan to work effectively, funds are needed from state, local and possibly federal sources. With Apopka, my sincere hope is that instead of finding excuses to not work together, efforts will be made to find ways to breathe life into a plan that seeks to use economic development as a part of the solution to help reduce violence in the community, while promoting business and economic growth — in my humble opinion. Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. Reply mama-pretty evident who needs to get a life, you actually argue with yourself on these opinion sites which explains your state of no-mind:) I moved to Apopka in 1987 with my family from Coral Springs, Fl. My two son’s graduated from Apopka High School, since then they both are raising their families in Apopka . The City has come along way from a little country town to what it is today in the right direction. I feel the Mayor has his best interest in the city, bringing in more businesses. Apopka is a wonderful city to raise your family. January 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm Mama Mia Reply Reply Lydia, you think the Nov. election represents a time that people stood up and stated we are no longer taking crap from politicos…..how can you come to that conclusion, since the election was hacked by the Russians and was not recounted in each and every state????????????????? The citizens don’t know the truth about the Nov. 8 national election. Anyway, Hillary got the majority of the votes, based on what was counted, as was reported. Putin is the one that won the election!!!! Reply January 5, 2017 at 9:58 am
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Home Indiana Agriculture News Get an Early Start on Weed Control by Using Pre-Emergence Residuals Facebook Twitter Get an Early Start on Weed Control by Using Pre-Emergence ResidualsFarmers have been telling us all winter long they want to get the earliest start possible on weed control in 2020. Gail Stratman with FMC says one of the best ways to do that is to use the strongest product possible pre-plant.“In that scenario, we’re putting down Authority Edge or Authority Supreme, some of our good pre-emergence residuals and then looking at the days it takes to get to that magic four-inch height,” said Stratman. “Beyond that, post-emergence treatments can really struggle. What it showed us is that with some of our strong treatments like Authority Edge and Authority Supreme, we’re actually gaining a week in that window where we’re holding these weeds back longer than we are with some of the other competitive treatments. It really goes to show you that using the strongest products available can actually extend your window and allow you more opportunity to get the best weed control you can in that system.”Some of the issues we faced in 2019 was not being able to get in the fields with the post-residual and before those weeds got above four inches.“It all goes to using a sound, mean plan, getting that plan in place, but then having enough flexibility in that plan to be able to do what you need to do to account for weather like we had in 2019,” said Stratman.Stratman says university trials are showing that the FMC approach can significantly reduce your weed seed bank problem in the fields. By Gary Truitt – Apr 5, 2020 Get an Early Start on Weed Control by Using Pre-Emergence Residuals SHARE Previous articleDairy Farmers Dumping MilkNext articleIs Dumping of Milk Happening in Indiana? And Warmer to Start the Week, on the HAT Monday Morning Edition Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE
News Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria September 11, 2020 Khaled Drareni must be freed on urgent health grounds, committees say News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources ImprisonedImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment The national and international Khaled Drareni Support Committees call for this journalist’s immediate and unconditional release on urgent health grounds after seeing how thin and weak he looked when brought before a court in Algiers at the start of his appeal hearing on 8 September. Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Receive email alerts April 29, 2021 Find out more AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources ImprisonedImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News to go further “These grossly unjust proceedings are putting his health in grave danger,” the committees said in a joint appeal to the Algerian authorities to come to their senses.The editor of the Casbah Tribune news website and the Algeria correspondent of both RSF and the French TV channel TV5 Monde, Khaled Drareni should have been acquitted right from the outset because the charges brought against him were so absurd. But now, ending the judicial harassment to which he is being subjected is urgent on health grounds as well.Held in Koléa prison near Algiers in harsh conditions since 29 March, Drareni appeared not only to have lost a lot of weight but also to be very weak at the 8 September hearing.The national Khaled Drareni Support Committee was created the day after Drareni was sentenced to three years in prison on 12 August. Made up lawyers, journalists, NGOs and ordinary citizens, it organizes demonstrations every Monday outside the House of the Press in Algiers in which hundreds of journalists take part.The international support committee, whose members include Pierre Audin, the son of Algerian independence hero Maurice Audin, was created on 23 July and launched a major international solidarity campaign entitled #WeAreKhaled in mid-August.On 7 September, RSF organized a protest outside the Algerian embassy in Paris in solidarity with Drareni in which many well-known French TV anchors took part. A demonstration was also held in Tunis the same day at the request of RSF, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists and Amnesty International.The absurd charges on which Drareni was convicted at the original trial were “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity.” The prosecutor asked for his three-year jail sentence to be increased to four years at the appeal hearing on 8 September. The court is expected to issue its decision on 15 September.Algeria is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, five places lower than in 2019 and 27 places lower than in 2015. Organisation Follow the news on Algeria News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation May 12, 2021 Find out more
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High Powered Committee Headed By Justice Hima Kohli Further Relaxes Criteria for Emergency Bail for Delhi Prisoners
News UpdatesHigh Powered Committee Headed By Justice Hima Kohli Further Relaxes Criteria for Emergency Bail for Delhi Prisoners Karan Tripathi7 April 2020 10:46 PMShare This – xThe High Powered Committee, headed by Justice Hima Kohli of the Delhi High Court, has further relaxed the criteria for release of prisoners on ‘Emergency Bail’. The said committee was constituted pursuant to the order of the Supreme Court in a suo moto matter concerning the decongestion of prisons in light of the COVID19 pandemic. After considering the impact analysis of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Powered Committee, headed by Justice Hima Kohli of the Delhi High Court, has further relaxed the criteria for release of prisoners on ‘Emergency Bail’. The said committee was constituted pursuant to the order of the Supreme Court in a suo moto matter concerning the decongestion of prisons in light of the COVID19 pandemic. After considering the impact analysis of the proposed relaxation criteria submitted by the Director General of Prisons, the High Powered Committee observed that there’s a need to further relax the criteria to give effect to the directions of the Supreme Court. In light of the same, the Committee has proposed the following relaxations: Under trial prisoners (UTPs), who are senior citizens more than 60 years of age and are in custody for six months or more, facing trial in a case which prescribes a maximum sentence of 10 years or less Under trial prisoners (UTPs), who are less than 60 years of age and are in custody for one year or more, facing trial in a case which prescribes a maximum sentence of 10 years or less ; Under trial prisoners (UTPs)/Remand Prisoners (with respect to whom, Charge sheets are yet to be filed), who are in custody for 15 days or more, facing trial in a case which prescribes a maximum sentence of 7 years or less ; However, the following category of prisoners have been excluded from the benefit of emergency bail: Those inmates who are undergoing trial for intermediary/ large quantity recovery under NDPS Act ;Those under trial prisoners who are facing trial under Section 4 & 6 of POCSO Act;Those under trial prisoners who are facing trial for offences under section 376, 376A, 376B, 376C, 376D and 376E and Acid Attack;Those UTPs who are foreign nationals ;Those under trial prisoners who are facing trial under Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act) / PMLA ; and Cases investigated by CBI/ED/NIA/Special Cell of Delhi Police, Crime Branch, SFIO, Terror related Cases, cases under Anti-National Activities and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act etc. D.G (Prisons) has informed that on the basis of this new criterion, approximately 973 more UTPs would be the beneficiaries and their release would considerably ease out the Jail Population. In light of the relaxed criteria, the Committee has directed DSLSA to request District Judges to pass on directions to the Jail visiting Duty Magistrates as well as Duty Magistrates in courts to take up these applications and if the under trial prisoners are released on bail, they may be released on ‘Personal Bond’, to the satisfaction of Jail Superintendent, so as to implement the social distancing policy of the Government. The sureties of prisoners released by Magistrates have been modified to ‘Personal Bond’, as due to the nationwide lockdown , these prisoners were incapacitated to furnish sureties. ‘Owing to this restricted movement such UTPs despite being granted bail are languishing in jail for not being able to produce and furnish “Surety Bond”. Committee is of the opinion that bail orders qua such UTPs are required to be modified through a Judicial Order’, the Committee noted. On the issue of implementing these directions in the Juvenile Homes, the Committee has directed DSLSA to ensure that the Retainer Counsels of DSLSA attached with Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committees to provide necessary assistance to JJBs and CWCs in implementation of directions given by the Supreme Court. However, the Committee expressed deep disappointment and displeasure for non implementation of its previous direction on remission of sentence to the convicts. DG (Prisons), after taking note of the Committee’s concern, assured the same that action will be taken within 2-3 days of receiving the orders from the Delhi Government. Next Story
Strictly Implement The Rule Indicating Punishment For Non-Wearing Of Mask, Spitting In Public Places, Etc. : Madras HC Directs Govt. [Read Order]
News UpdatesStrictly Implement The Rule Indicating Punishment For Non-Wearing Of Mask, Spitting In Public Places, Etc. : Madras HC Directs Govt. [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay26 Sep 2020 8:12 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Thursday (17th September) directed the State Government to strictly implement the amended Rule (framed indicating the punishment for non-wearing of the mask, violating social distancing and spitting in public places) which came into being pursuant to the above Government Order dated 04.09.2020The Court also directed that due publicity will have to be given to the Rule…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Thursday (17th September) directed the State Government to strictly implement the amended Rule (framed indicating the punishment for non-wearing of the mask, violating social distancing and spitting in public places) which came into being pursuant to the above Government Order dated 04.09.2020The Court also directed that due publicity will have to be given to the Rule and the action that is likely to be taken.The Division Bench of Justice M. M. Sundresh and Justice R. Hemalatha was hearing a writ petition filed by a practising Lawyer, seeking appropriate action on the part of the respondents towards the banning of spitting in public in tune with the provisions of The Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting Act, 2002, particularly, in the light of Pandemic situation.Prayer of the PetitionerPetitioner filed a Plea under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, praying for the issuance of a Writ of Mandamus, directing the respondents to:-(a) Ban Spitting in Public and made punishable under the provisions of Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting Act, 2002 and strictly implement the same;(b) Direct the Public Health Board to provide Public Sanitary conveniences and regulate deposit of rubbish/ garbage on streets in total implementation of prohibition of defecation in Open Place Act, 2019 passed by the Government of India;(c) Manage and segregate waste in a scientific manner, more particularly medical hazardous and toxic waste and other plastic waste, to prevent the spread of COVID Pandemic and other epidemics, to prevent environmental pollution and the authorities to file a report on disposal track of such waste;(d) Monitor all staff of private and Government establishments are provided with sufficient toilets and levy penalties on faulting staff who defecate on public streets/roads;(e) Implement the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 strictly all over the state of Tamil Nadu and levy penalties as per the act on the persons who have not implemented the same in violations of the said Act; and(f) Give widespread consciousness and awareness at all public places by installation of boards and spreading the message to practice social distancing and wearing of appropriate masks which will prevent infection.It may be noted that a Government Order in G.O.(Ms.) No.326, Health and Family Welfare (AB2) Department, dated 04.09.2020, was issued, by which, in exercise of the power conferred under Section 138-A of the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939, relevant Rule has been framed indicating the punishment for non-wearing of the mask, violating social distancing and spitting in public placesThough the aforesaid rule has come into being, the counsel for the petitioner submitted before the Court that it has not been followed in letter and spirit.Court’s DecisionIn context of the aforesaid rule, the High Court said,”We have already issued appropriate directions earlier to the authorities in the State of Tamil Nadu to implement the provisions strictly. We only reiterate that the amended Rule which came into being pursuant to the above said Government Order dated 04.09.2020 will have to be implemented strictly by the respondents. Due publicity will have to be given on the Rule and the action that is likely to be taken.” (emphasis supplied)Further the Court said,”Insofar as the other issues sought to be raised by the learned counsel for the petitioner with respect to segregation of medical wastes with the other wastes, we are not willing to go into the same for want of appropriate respondents. Accordingly, we are not inclined to go into the same. However, Liberty is given to the petitioner for filing a comprehensive writ petition.” (emphasis supplied)Case Details:Case Title: N. Rajkumar v. The Chief Secretary to Government and othersCase No.: W.P.No.9927 of 2020Quorum: Justice M. M. Sundresh and Justice R. HemalathaAppearance: Advocate M. Gnanasekar (for the Petitioner); Addl. Govt. Pleader R. Vijaya Kumar (for RR1 to 3); R.Gopinath (for R4).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
Impact of ocean acidification and high solar radiation on productivity and species composition of a late summer phytoplankton community of the coastal Western Antarctic Peninsula
The Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), one of the most productive regions of the Southern Ocean, is currently undergoing rapid environmental changes such as ocean acidification (OA) and increased daily irradiances from enhanced surface‐water stratification. To assess the potential for future biological CO2 sequestration of this region, we incubated a natural phytoplankton assemblage from Ryder Bay, WAP, under a range of pCO2 levels (180 μatm, 450 μatm, and 1000 μatm) combined with either moderate or high natural solar radiation (MSR: 124 μmol photons m−2 s−1 and HSR: 435 μmol photons m−2 s−1, respectively). The initial and final phytoplankton communities were numerically dominated by the prymnesiophyte Phaeocystis antarctica, with the single cells initially being predominant and solitary and colonial cells reaching similar high abundances by the end. Only when communities were grown under ambient pCO2 in conjunction with HSR did the small diatom Fragilariopsis pseudonana outcompete P. antarctica at the end of the experiment. Such positive light‐dependent growth response of the diatom was, however, dampened by OA. These changes in community composition were caused by an enhanced photosensitivity of diatoms, especially F. pseudonana, under OA and HSR, reducing thereby their competitiveness toward P. antarctica. Moreover, community primary production (PP) of all treatments yielded similar high rates at the start and the end of the experiment, but with the main contributors shifting from initially large to small cells toward the end. Even though community PP of Ryder Bay phytoplankton was insensitive to the changes in light and CO2 availability, the observed size‐dependent shift in productivity could, however, weaken the biological CO2 sequestration potential of this region in the future.