Carbon emissions are the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere after burning fossil fuels such as gas, coal or oil. Plants absorb these emissions but we are now releasing so much into the atmosphere that plants can’t absorb the amount.
Carbon emissions are literally the release of carbon dioxide (one carbon, two oxygen molecules) into the atmosphere. This CO2 can also be absorbed into carbon sinks, which are areas that absorb more carbon than they emit (ocean, forests, and the atmosphere to name some major ones). Carbon is released when fossil fuels like gas, oil, and coal are burned. While there is a natural carbon cycle, humans create so much carbon emission that the natural ways that it is dealt with (plants “soak” it up) can no longer do enough to deal the surplus of carbon that is in the atmosphere.
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