No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds January 1, 2010Posted by honestclimate in Discussions.
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No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds
Science Daily, December 31, 2009
ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2009) — Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere.
However, some studies have suggested that the ability of oceans and plants to absorb carbon dioxide recently may have begun to decline and that the airborne fraction of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions is therefore beginning to increase.
Many climate models also assume that the airborne fraction will increase. Because understanding of the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide is important for predicting future climate change, it is essential to have accurate knowledge of whether that fraction is changing or will change as emissions increase.
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