Watch part 2 of the videos on the Carbon Cycle, as a part of environmental chemistry.
Mankind has had an influence on the carbon cycle. The carbon dioxide released during respiration is cycled naturally. Same is the case if we burn wood and agricultural waste – even biogas given off from food we throw onto rubbish tips and from sewage works.
All this carbon has been recently captured from the atmosphere and we are simply returning it to be used again in the natural cycle.
However when we burn fossil fuels the carbon in them has been underground for 100’s of millions of years, and this adds new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
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