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Nasa animation shows stunning year in the life of carbon emissions - 5th December

Nasa Animation

The animation comes courtesy of one of the highest-resolution computer models in existence. Since the industrial revolution, human activities have caused CO2 to rise in the atmosphere. Seasonal cycles cause CO2 to progressively rise throughout autumn and winter before peaking in late spring. At that point, a flurry of plant growth in the northern hemisphere — where most land is located — draws CO2 levels down over the summer before the cycle begins again.

CO2 tails are at their greatest around the US, China and Europe, the world’s three largest emitters. The deep reds and purples show the highest concentrations of emissions coming from these locations as well as the pooling of CO2 in the Arctic throughout the spring.

Emissions from rainforests in central Africa and South America also show up due to forest fires of both natural and human causes. Ultimately however it’s human emissions that have thrown a pretty finely-tuned system out of whack.

This data from Nasa’s latest CO2-monitoring satellite, will provide scientists with a better insight into the sources and sinks of CO2, but the current effort provides one of the clearest views yet of just how humans are having a large-scale impact on the atmosphere and the planet it surrounds

To view the animation click here 

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