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The ocean absorbs billions of tons of carbon every year, and the process is accelerating, study shows

Newly published research analyzed more than 100,000 seawater samples worldwide and found the oceans are absorbing about 31 percent of human-caused carbon emissions. It’s “a huge service the oceans are doing,” says a co-author, in Seattle. Richard Feely is quoted. 


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