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Australia’s Role in the 2011 Global Carbon Sink Anomaly

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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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