With President Obama preparing to go to Copenhagen for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, here at Weather Break we’ve decided to rebroadcast some of our classic episodes about Global Warming. Every gas in the atmosphere has “sources” (i.e., processes that add that gas to the air) and “sinks” (i.e., processes that remove that gas from the air). In the case of carbon dioxide, the known sources and sinks don’t balance, so the total amount of this key greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is increasing. However, the observed rate at which CO2 is increasing doesn’t match the known sources and sinks in the atmosphere. There is apparently some “missing carbon sink” that is removing CO2 from the atmosphere at a rate that partially compensates for the carbon added to the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. On this classic episode of Weather Break, Creighton University graduate student Lauren Urban investigates the ongoing research to explain the missing carbon dioxide.
The official website of the UN Climate Change Conference is here.
Many researchers at many institutes around the world are working on the issues associated with the imbalances in the carbon budget, including projects at:
- Woods Hole
- Boston University
- University of California at Santa Barbara
- The National Center for Atmospheric Research
- McGill University