COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Oceans soak less carbon due to global warming
Description: The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) estimates that some 90% of the heat trapped by CO2 and methane since the 1970s has been absorbed by the world's oceans and converted into organic carbon, sinking to the floor where it stays trapped for hundreds of years. However, new study has found that less organic compounds are transported because the waters are warmer. As the oceans warm even further because of man-made global warming their ability to soak carbon diminishes further, thus creating a feedback loop. [Source: ZME Science]
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Source: ZME Science
Publish Date: 1/7/2015
Reading Level: Basic
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