We count on the ocean to act as a “carbon sink,” sucking much of the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Without this, global warming would be progressing much more quickly. But now scientists say that the amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the world’s oceans has diminished.
BBC News reports that “scientists believe global warming might get worse if the oceans soak up less of the greenhouse gas,” and quotes environmentalist Roger Harrabin as saying, “The researchers don’t know if the change is due to climate change or to natural variations. But they say it is a tremendous surprise and very worrying because there were grounds for believing that in time the ocean might become ‘saturated’ with our emissions?unable to soak up any more.”