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Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change


A reading that describes natural carbon sources and sinks. This reading by Noelle Eckley Selin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, describes how anthropogenic activities alter the concentration of carbon in various sources and sinks, thus, contributing to global warming.

Students will learn about the various types of carbon sinks and sources. They will further understand the importance of the removal of this excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using technologies for carbon capture and storage, and carbon sequestration.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the natural sources and sinks of carbon on Earth?
  2. Discuss the importance of carbon sequestration for climate mitigation.
  3. Discuss carbon sequestration through carbon capture and storage technologies.
About Tool
Tool Name Carbon Sequestration 
Discipline Chemistry, Environmental Sciences 
Topic(s) in Discipline Carbon Cycle, Biosphere, Lithosphere, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon Sources and Sinks 
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, Climate and the Biosphere, Climate and the Lithosphere
Type of tool Reading 
Grade Level Middle School, High School
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Noelle Eckley Selin 
Hosted at Britannica
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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