Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Earth's Ecosystem Has Capacity To Absorb More Atmospheric Carbon Emissions

From ScienceNews, "Natural sinks still sopping up carbon: Ecosystems haven’t maxed out ability to absorb fossil fuel emissions" by Alexandra Witze:
Earth’s ecosystems keep soaking up more carbon as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere, new measurements find.

The research contradicts several recent studies suggesting that “carbon sinks” have reached or passed their capacity. By looking at global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the new work calculates instead that total sinks have increased roughly in line with rising emissions.

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