U.S. rivers and streams emitting carbon dioxide

By on October 26, 2011

A recent discovery that U.S. rivers and streams are a significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide could change the way scientists study carbon movement between land, water, and air.

Researchers at Yale say some of the carbon contained in plants is leeching into streams, which then release into the atmosphere an amount of the gas equivalent to a car burning 40 billion gallons of gasoline a year.

But the scientists say it won’t be clear how integrate this mostly unaccounted-for flux into carbon models until the influence of human activity on the process is better understood.

Read more at Science Daily.

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