Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Satellite Data Map Shows Northern Regions are Net Carbon Dioxide Absorbers

A new map made from satellite data by Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies revealed that northern regions such as Siberia are net carbon dioxide absorbers and that regions around the equator, including the rainforests of Africa and South America, are producing more carbon dioxide

The results contest previous beliefs and worries that natural geothermal energy releases in the north could greatly increase carbon dioxide releases and potentially affect climate change.  What is truly shocking is the data showing that equatorial regions are producing more carbon dioxide than absorbing.  Either previous models of natural absorption are wrong or the industrial growth of those regions is more polluting than previously known.

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