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Oceans' Uptake of Manmade Carbon May be Slowing
November 18, 2009
The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are struggling to keep up with rising emissions--a finding with potentially wide implications for future climate. The study appears in this week's issue of the journal Nature. Photo © UCAR.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
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