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Rapidly Escalating CO2 Emission Retention

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  • Rapidly Escalating CO2 Emission Retention

    According to Science Daily, since 2000, the Earth's ability to absorb CO2 emissions with its' natural sinks has diminished relative to the volume of CO2 emitted. This sums up the effect:

    Quote from Science Daily - "An international team of researchers under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project reports that over the last 50 years the average fraction of global CO2 emissions that remained in the atmosphere each year was around 43 per cent -- the rest was absorbed by the Earth's carbon sinks on land and in the oceans. During this time this fraction has likely increased from 40 per cent to 45 per cent, suggesting a decrease in the efficiency of the natural sinks."
    The volume of emissions has increased dramatically due to use of coal in developing countries:

    CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels increased by two per cent from 2007 to 2008, by 29 per cent between 2000 and 2008, and by 41 per cent between 2008 and 1990 -- the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol.
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