Sciency Words: Carbon Sink

Today’s post is part of a special series here on Planet Pailly called Sciency Words. Every Friday, we take a look at a new and interesting scientific term to help us all expand our scientific vocabularies together. Today’s word is:


Today’s Sciency Word comes to us courtesy of Sci Show, one of my favorite sources for sciency news and general science knowledge.

A carbon sink is a region of the Earth, like the rainforest, that absorbs some of those harmful carbon emissions we keep pumping into the atmosphere. As Hank Green says in the video, it’s like the Earth is trying to save us from ourselves. Thank goodness we are sparing the rainforests from our wanton destruction of the environment… oh, wait.

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