Monday, August 4, 2008

Global Warming Is Correcting Itself!

Not really. That would be pretty sweet if it was, though.

Seriously, Ohio State University has found that typhoons are burying a crapload (yes, that's a scientific term) of carbon in the oceans. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere working with the storm waters ends up eroding silicate rocks. The carbon washes out to sea and gets deposited as sediment.

My first thought was that the carbon emissions causing global warming have created more storms, but the storms end up burying the emissions (at the expense of a few eroded mountains) so that it all balances out. Apparently, that is not the case, but it might mean that it's happening more slowly than previously expected. Climate models will have to be adjusted to accurately reflect how much carbon dioxide is getting naturally removed.

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