December 31, 2009
MAN JUST DOESN'T MATTER MUCH:
No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds (ScienceDaily, Dec. 31, 2009)
Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere. [...]Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2009 3:56 PM
To assess whether the airborne fraction is indeed increasing, Wolfgang Knorr of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol reanalyzed available atmospheric carbon dioxide and emissions data since 1850 and considers the uncertainties in the data.
In contradiction to some recent studies, he finds that the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide has not increased either during the past 150 years or during the most recent five decades.