Earth  ID: 12066

Jeremy Werdell: Carbon and Climate Soundbite

Jeremy Werdell is studying how microscopic plankton in the oceans are responding to our changing climate. As a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, he knows that Earth's oceans and land cover have been doing us a favor. As people burn fossil fuels and clear forests, only half of the carbon dioxide released stays in the atmosphere, warming and altering Earth’s climate. The other half is removed from the air by the planet’s vegetation ecosystems and oceans. But Jeremy and other scientists are still trying to answer important questions about how carbon dioxide emissions get absorbed by the land and the ocean — and how this could change in the future.

Later this month, the United Nations climate meeting in Paris (Conference of Parties, aka COP-21) will focus on setting limits on future levels of human-produced carbon emissions.
 

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http://cms.nasa.gov/press-release/as-earth-warms-nasa-targets-other-half-of-carbon-climate-equation


Credits

Jeremy Werdell (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA): Producer
Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA): Writer
Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA): Editor
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE)

This item is part of these series:
Carbon Sink
Narrated Movies
Carbon Source

Goddard TV Tape:
G2015-088 -- Carbon & Climate Interviews

Keywords:
SVS >> Carbon
SVS >> Carbon Dioxide
SVS >> Carbon Ocean Cycle
SVS >> Carbon Sink
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Plankton
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Presentation