The oceans play a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Any decrease in their capacity to take up atmospheric carbon dioxide has important implications both for future climate conditions and for efforts related to ocean carbon sequestration……
Joining the south in carbon un-sinking
A decade-long study of the oceans has shown they are soaking up less and less carbon dioxide.
The oceans’ ability to absorb the greenhouse gas halved between the mid 90s and the first five years of this century, scientists said.
The team of researchers, based at the University of East Anglia, carried out the study using automatic sensors attached to merchant ships crossing the North Atlantic. The findings are based on more than 90,000 measurements.