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A new study out of the UK suggests that terrestrial sinks across the planet are mopping up much less carbon than predicted, on balance, and so the planet may warm at an even faster rate than expected. The study focused on the carbon content in soil at 6000 sites in the UK between 1978 and 2003 and found that the soil released the equivalent of 8% of the UK's total 1990 carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions are more than the entire reduction in emissions the UK has achieved between 1990 and 2002 as part of its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. This would effectively cancel out the UK's recent successes in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and would have wider global implications as well.


At 8:04 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

I was talking to a really smart (but hippy-ish) dude the other day, when I mentioned India and China were exempt (in addition to most developing nations), he was take aback. "Really?!!"

I wouldn't be surprised if most people thought that.

I mean, this article could easily be about increases in carbon emissions caused by 9+% growth in China for the last few years, as China can produce as much carbon in the margin as the UK does in an entire year.

I'm curious about super simple engineering solutions, like mirrors. Also, won't mass solar and wind generation not only reduce emissions, but also remove heat from the atmosphere?


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