New Science Shows Earth’s Natural Carbon Sinks Hold Vital Power in Climate Fight

Earth’s vast habitats from the poles to the equator have robust capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere due to previously undiscovered rock nitrogen weathering reactions that distribute natural fertilizers around the world. 
The new science underscores the importance of preserving these ecosystems and is detailed in a paper published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles from a research team led by Cornell University, Northern Arizona University and the University of California at Davis. 

“Excess carbon is already harming people, economies, and our planet,” said Benjamin Houlton, the paper’s senior author and Cornell’s Dean of the …