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Ice retreat creates new CO2 store

Date : 17th November 2009, Source : BBC Link to News Story

Retreating ice in Antarctic has allowed tiny aquatic plants to flourish and absorb 3.5 million tonnes of carbon from the ocean and atmosphere annually. Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey say the new "carbon sink" of phytoplankton is equivalent to discovering a forest the size of Wales. However, the authors added, the discovery would only have a "minuscule effect on climate change".

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