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We don't post often, as there is no need to repost the same data over and over. But we do post data from scientists who have boots on the ground and are doing the dirty fieldwork to collect data.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Carbon Isotopes: Where's the carbon from?

Some people question the origin of all the recent carbon in the atmosphere. Human or natural origin? Isotopes help tell the story. Understanding isotopes is complicated, at best. However, to put it very simply, natural sources of carbon like volcanoes increase the 13C/12C ratio. Burning of fossil fuels decreases the ratio:

As compared to recent emissions: