14 Jul '11, 2pm

This is not good. Climate Change Reducing Ocean's Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide

This is not good. Climate Change Reducing Ocean's Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide

The ocean struggling to absorb CO2, and even slowing its absorption is something researchers realized a few years ago, but the reasons may be even more clear after this recent study. University of Wisconsin-Madison reports, "Working with nearly three decades of data, the researchers were able to cut through the variability [that has caused conflicting results in previous studies] and identify underlying trends in the surface CO2 throughout the North Atlantic. During the past three decades, increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide have largely been matched by corresponding increases in dissolved carbon dioxide in the seawater...But the researchers found that rising temperatures are slowing the carbon absorption across a large portion of the subtropical North Atlantic. Warmer water cannot hold as much carbon dioxide, so the ocean's carbon capacity is decreasing as it warms." ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/climate-change-re...

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