Earth is absorbing around half of all human-related carbon emissions

Earth’s carbon uptake has doubled, but geologists warn trend can’t continue

Geologists have published a paper that reveals Earth is absorbing around half of all human-related carbon emissions, despite levels continuing to rise.

The study, carried out by a team at the University of Colorado Boulder, compared CO2 emission levels from 1960 to 2010 with the levels of carbon recorded in the Earth’s atmosphere during the same period. The results, which made use of government data, show that the carbon uptake of Earth’s oceans and vegetation has doubled, increasing by about 0.05 billion tonnes each year.

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