Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Human activities emit far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that volcanoes do

A new study in Eos, published by the American Geophysical Union, shows that human activities currently pump 135 times more CO2 into Earth's atmosphere than volcanoes do in an average year. In fact, our yearly production of CO2 equals that of one or two supereruptions like the one that created Yellowstone two million years ago, every year.You can read the details on Suite101.

Robert Adler
for the institute