Record rains made Australia a giant green global carbon sink

This is a very interesting blog by CSIRO – well worth a read!

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The swollen Fitzroy River in Queensland, Australia, where heavy rains in early 2011 led to extraordinary regrowth with a global impact. Capt. W. M. & Tatters/Flickr, CC BY-NC The swollen Fitzroy River in Queensland, Australia, where heavy rains in early 2011 led to extraordinary regrowth with a global impact. Image: Capt. W. M. & Tatters/Flickr, CC BY-NC

By Pep Canadell, Executive Director, Global Carbon Project

Record-breaking rains triggered so much new growth across Australia that the continent turned into a giant green carbon sink to rival tropical rainforests including the Amazon, our new research shows.

Published in the international journal Nature, our study found that vegetation worldwide soaked up 4.1 billion tons of carbon in 2011 – the equivalent of more than 40% of emissions from burning fossil fuels that year.

Unexpectedly, the largest carbon uptake occurred in the semi-arid landscapes of Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

The modelled net carbon uptake of the Australian landscape in December 2010 at the start of the big wet (top), compared with December 2009 (bottom). The modelled net carbon uptake of the Australian landscape in December 2010 at the start of the big wet (top), compared with December 2009 (bottom).

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