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Australia’s Role in the 2011 Global Carbon Sink Anomaly


Vegetation in the Southern Hemisphere was responsible for most of the 2011 carbon sink anomaly, with Australia’s arid zones accounting for about 60% of the dramatic increase in carbon uptake.

By Derek Eamus & James Cleverly

How did Australia’s vegetation cause a sudden and massive increase in uptake of atmospheric CO2 in 2011, and why did sea levels fall in the same year?

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