June 6, 2011
CO2 Release 10 Times Greater Than Ancient Climate
Penn State Univ., Penn State University
University Park, Pa. -- The rate of release of carbon into the atmosphere today is nearly 10 times as fast as during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 55.9 million years ago, the best analog we have for current global warming, according to an international team of geologists. Rate matters and this current rapid change may not allow sufficient time for the biological environment to adjust.
TAGGED: climate change, global warming, Eocene, carbon emissions, carbon dioxide