September 21, 2005
Global Warming Accelerates Global Warming
Today, the journal Nature
added to the evidence that global warming must be taken seriously with research
that the European heat wave of 2003—which resulted in more than 10,000 deaths
in France and thousands more throughout Europe—caused vegetation to release 500
million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, whereas normally plants absorb CO2.
The 2003 event shows that forests, even in temperate areas such as Europe, cannot be guaranteed to suck up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, says Chris Jones, who studies the carbon cycle at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Exeter, UK…
Such an extreme summer has never been recorded before. "This was basically unprecedented," says Andrew Friend, an author on Ciais's paper. "It shows there's a danger in assuming that climate change is only going to be gradual."
In other words, global warming accelerates global warming.
Somehow, it all seems appropriate that way...
Posted by: SheaNC | Sep 26, 2005 7:59:00 PM
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