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Carbon Dioxide Increase Fastest In 50,000 Years

(Corvallis, OR) -- The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is 10 times faster than any other point in the last 50-thousand years. Studying air bubbles trapped miles deep in Antarctic ice, researchers from Oregon State University found the increase is greater than any natural increase in carbon dioxide that occurred. They say this increase is due to human causes and it will overwhelm the ocean's ability to trap carbon dioxide. It also leads to increased westerly winds that cause the ocean to release more carbon dioxide, which results in warmer temperatures.

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