rising carbon dioxide emissions

New study: Earth may be able to recover from rising carbon dioxide emissions faster than previously thought

Posted on April 22, 2011 by Anthony Watts

This carbon cycle diagram shows the storage an…

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That’s the good news. The bad news is that they think it will take 30,000-40,000 years, even though they “don’t know exactly where this carbon went” (their own words from the press release) in their model. Isn’t it great when you can announce results like that and not have to worry about tracking where the main component went?

And I thought Susan Solomon’s 1000 year CO2 regime was way out there.

Purdue-led team studies Earth’s recovery from prehistoric global warming

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Earth may be able to recover from rising carbon dioxide emissions faster than previously thought, according to evidence from a prehistoric event analyzed by a Purdue University-led team.

When faced with high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and rising temperatures 56 million years ago, the Earth increased its ability to pull carbon from the air. This led to a recovery that was quicker than anticipated by many models of the carbon cycle – though still on the order of tens of thousands of years, said Gabriel Bowen, the associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences who led the study.

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