Whilst the measured rise in atmospheric CO2 levels and global temperatures are dramatic, these increases would have been even greater were it not for the fact that almost half of all the anthropogenic CO2 emitted over the last 250 years has been taken up by the world’s oceans (Sabine et al. 2004).
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