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How Carbon Affects Nearly Everything on Earth – Including Our Future (Thank you Smithsonian!)

This video uses an animated machine to show how carbon moves around the Earth’s surface – from the atmosphere to plants to animals to soils to oceans to rocks. Carbon moves quickly between the atmosphere, plants, animals and the ocean. Carbon ordinarily moves VERY slowly between rocks and the atmosphere. Over the last few centuries, though, we humans have increased that slow rate more than a 100-fold by mining and burning fossil fuels. Humans have thrown the carbon cycle out of adjustment, with increasingly severe consequences for climate, oceans, and ecosystems. We have to bring the cycle back into balance to reduce unwanted changes.

Music in this video

Learn moreListen ad-free with YouTube PremiumSong Charades - De Wolfe MusicArtist De Wolfe Music LibraryAlbum DWCD 0561 - Simply WhimsicalLicensed to YouTube by AdRev for a 3rd Party (on behalf of De Wolfe Music); AdRev Publishing, and 5 Music Rights Societies

We shouldn’t forget the source of life that covers nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface: the ocean. About a quarter to a third of all carbon dioxide emissions from our cars and factories are absorbed by the Earth’s oceans. Much of it becomes “fixed” and stored in ocean plants like seagrass.

We need our planet. It is our home. TheMoreWeKnow, the better we can be a positive impact on people, planet and prosperity.


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