DEFINITION 3 Carbon Sink: "are natural systems that suck up and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The main natural carbon sinks are plants, the ocean and soil. Plants grab carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to use in photosynthesis"
A new study shows that carbon released during the winter now outweighs the summertime gains resulting in a net loss of carbon to the atmosphere suggesting the northern tundra may be shifting from its historical role as a carbon sink to a carbon source.
Sunset over the port of Kisangani which means the City on the Island and lies 2000km from the mouth of the Congo River where it meets the Tshopo and Lindi rivers. The thick tropical Congo forests of this region have been identified as an important world resource second only to the Amazon as a carbon sink against climate change. (Photo by Arne Doornebal) #photooftheday #trvl #congo #africa
New research suggests that a temperature increase of four degrees is likely to "saturate" areas of dense vegetation with carbon, preventing plants from helping to balance escalation -- and consequently accelerating climate change.
Carbon is both the foundation of all life on Earth and the source of the majority of energy consumed by human civilization. Swamp ecosystems like this one in Norway are a carbon sink that take carbon out of the atmosphere. Photo: Pixabay/Public Domain
Carbon Sink by British artist Chris Drury. The sculpture, a spiral of logs morphing into charred coal, is constructed from trees that have died from skyrocketing beetle infestations across the western United States.