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2 September 2010

Should Mother Nature have to sign the Copenhagen Accord?

Carbon dioxide releases by hurricanes are significant, but offset by ocean cooling and phytoplankton growth A hurricane’s passage over warm ocean waters can drive a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the waves to the sky. The violent winds associated with a passing storm can dramatically increase the gas exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere, sending over a hundred million metric tons of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere …


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