Email Print Share

News From the Field

Carbon 'leak' may have warmed the planet for 11,000 years, encouraging human civilization


July 30, 2018

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

The oceans lock away atmospheric carbon dioxide, but a "leak" in the Southern Ocean brings the greenhouse gas back into the atmosphere. An international research team looked at minute nitrogen concentrations embedded in diatoms, forams and corals to identify an increase in Southern Ocean upwelling during the past 11,000 years, which could explain the otherwise mysterious warmth of the Holocene that allowed human populations to flourish. Full Story

Source
Princeton University

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

mail icon Get News Updates by Email 

Connect with us online
NSF website: nsf.gov
NSF News: nsf.gov/news
For News Media: nsf.gov/news/newsroom
Statistics: nsf.gov/statistics/
Awards database: nsf.gov/awardsearch/

Follow us on social
Twitter: twitter.com/NSF and twitter.com/NSFspox
Facebook: facebook.com/US.NSF
Instagram: instagram.com/nsfgov