Earth has its own ways of dealing with the mess that people leave behind and it looks like it knows how to deal with global warming as well. The subject of global warming has been debated for so long that some people might ask themselves why the planet hasn’t already lit ablaze by now. The answer is simple: because the planet knows what to do when things get too hot.
In a late study, specialists have confirmed a rather interesting development: the Antarctic Ocean is eating the CO2 from the atmosphere. It is as if the planet has its own immunity system. Imagine Earth’s monologue: “My air is getting too dirty. Perhaps I should get rid of it”. So the Antarctic Ocean is pulling all the dirt from the atmosphere in order to clean it up.
The reason why this discovery is important is because it proves that what scientists knew about CO2 absorption in Antarctica is false. Earlier studies pointed out that Antarctica would not be able to withstand the weight of the world and absorb so much CO2, but it seems like Earth had something else in mind and now it is trying to fix itself as much as it can.
Dorothee Bakker works at the University of East Anglia and she is very quick to judge humanity about how much we destroyed our world. Burning coal, fossil fuels and wood are only a few examples that she gives in order to prove how far we have gone in making ourselves comfortable by neglecting everything that surrounds us. We traded the world for the comfort of a few centuries.
But how did the researchers come to the conclusion that the Antarctic Ocean is absorbing so much in such little time? They calculated the increased CO2 levels and measured the amount of CO2 found at the surface of the water. Then they simply compared the results to those in past years. They were astonishing.
One billion tons of carbon dioxide was absorbed by the water. To be exact, 1.2 billion tons were just engulfed around 2011, twice as much as the absorption rate registered in 1990. Earth alone decided to clean its air twice as fast as it has ever done before and this is something we should be grateful for.
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