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Earth's capacity to absorb CO2 has gone up: Study

Sat, May 16, 2015, 11:13 AM
Washington, May 16: There are some good and bad news for climate change enthusiasts. Researchers have found that along with the rise in carbon emissions, the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere has also gone up. But there is no guarantee that it would continue.

About half of the emissions of CO2 each year remain in the atmosphere; the other half is taken up by the ecosystems on land and the oceans, and the rates of CO2 absorption by Earth have so far increased in proportion to emissions, the study noted.

"Since the emissions today are three times higher than they were in the 1960s, this increased uptake by land and ocean is not only surprising; it is good news," said study co-author Richard Houghton, senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center at Massachusetts in the US.

The study was published in the journal Biogeosciences.
Agency: IANS

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