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Southern Ocean CO2 Sink Is Weakening Due To Climate Change

New research suggests that the Southern Ocean CO2 sink may be ten times less effective than previously estimated. Increasing winds in the Southern hemisphere have increased ocean mixing, which brings CO2-rich deep waters to the surface. This order of magnitude decrease in the Southern Ocean is quite disturbing, since this is the largest CO2 sink on the planet. The researchers also found that the Northern Atlantic CO2 sink diminished by 50% over the past ten years.

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