Have we already reached full capacity for our natural carbon sinks like plants and oceans?



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    In the sense that the carbon sinks continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the air, no, we have not reached capacity. Forests and the oceans continue to remove carbon from the atmosphere. However, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere has grown faster than the world’s carbon sinks can remove it, resulting in an increase in the amount of greenhouse gasses and consequently, global warming. The effects of carbon saturation are being seen most notably in the increased acidification of the world’s oceans.

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