We are affecting the carbon cycle by throwing it off its natural balance. When we burn fossil fuel, we are releasing carbon that would’ve stayed in the ground, and has been in the ground for millions of years. The carbon content percentage is increasing, a trend that most likely began at the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Most notably, through the burning of fossil fuels. The release of Carbon Dioxide from these sources is putting too much carbon into the atmosphere and plants, algae and other processes that have traditionally kept the Earth’s carbon levels relatively homeostatic are being changed quite rapidly.
Deforestation also affects the carbon cycle–forects are a major carbon storage, as trees take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When forests and cleared and burned, stored carbon is released as carbon dioxide.
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