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Earth's Ecosystems Slowed Greenhouse Gas Buildup In 1990s, Climate Changes Could Speed It Up Again

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November 22, 2001
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National Center For Atmospheric Research/University Corporation For Atmospheric Research
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The earth's land-based ecosystems absorbed all of the carbon released by deforestation plus another 1.4 billion tons emitted by fossil fuel burning during the 1990s, but we can't rely on this convenient uptake to head off global warming in the future, according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere from human activities.

BOULDER -- The earth's land-based ecosystems absorbed all of the carbon released by deforestation plus another 1.4 billion tons emitted by fossil fuel burning during the 1990s, but we can't rely on this convenient uptake to head off global warming in the future, according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere from human activities.


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National Center For Atmospheric Research/University Corporation For Atmospheric Research. (2001, November 22). Earth's Ecosystems Slowed Greenhouse Gas Buildup In 1990s, Climate Changes Could Speed It Up Again. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011120050810.htm
National Center For Atmospheric Research/University Corporation For Atmospheric Research. "Earth's Ecosystems Slowed Greenhouse Gas Buildup In 1990s, Climate Changes Could Speed It Up Again." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011120050810.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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