Polar ocean ‘soaking up less CO2’

BBCOne of Earth’s most important absorbers of carbon dioxide (CO2) is failing to soak up as much of the greenhouse gas as it was expected to, scientists say.

The decline of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean carbon “sink” – or reservoir – means that atmospheric CO2 levels may be higher in future than predicted.

These carbon sinks are vital; they mop up excess CO2 from the atmosphere, slowing down global warming.

The study, by an international team, is published in the journal Science.

This effect had been predicted by climate scientists, and is taken into account – to some extent – by climate models. But it appears to be happening 40 years ahead of schedule.

Source:  BBC News

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One Response to “Polar ocean ‘soaking up less CO2’”

  1. jesse Says:

    further proof of global warming’s wrath. the chickens have come home to roost, ladies and gentlemen. We must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions now!!

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