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Ocean carbon release 'ended last Ice Age'
Description: Carbon dioxide escaping from the depths of the ocean heralded the end of the last Ice Age, a study suggests. Its release into the atmosphere drove the shift towards a warmer period. The research is based on analysing chemical signals in the shells of ancient plankton. The world's oceans absorb about a third of the atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels. Scientists predict that as the oceans warm, their ability to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide will be reduced, potentially leading to faster global warming. [Source: BBC News]
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Source: BBC News
Publish Date: 2/12/2015
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