Shrinking timeframe to prevent dangerous climate change?

Considine, Mary-Lou
December 2007
Ecos;Dec2007/Jan2008, Issue 140, p4
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The article reports that according to the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), the Earth's land and oceans are losing their capacity to absorb the excess carbon dioxide from anthropogenic emissions, accelerating the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Pep Canadell, lead author of the PNAS paper, said that the acceleration in climate change is due to global economic growth, and a reduced capacity of the land and oceans to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. According to the author, the recent extensive melting of ice in the Arctic highlighted shortcomings in current climate change models.


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