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Critical Carbon Sink Shrinks

An international team of scientists recently concluded that the Antarctic Ocean–one of the world’s most important absorbers of carbon dioxide–is soaking up less of the devastating greenhouse gas than previously suspected. Known as “carbon sinks” these areas of the ocean and land are critically important in slowing the effects of global warming by absorbing fifty percent of the carbon dioxide emitted into the air. The news is startling because the Southern Ocean is believed to account for fifteen percent of all carbon sinks. Click here to see the full story from the BBC

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