Clearing a carbon catastrophe

Today we’re gonna focus on the surface of the ocean, that thin layer right where the sea touches the air above. Air with increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, a gas contributing to climate change. Chris Sabine from NOAA says, “Carbon dioxide is moving between the atmosphere and the ocean: across that interface. You know, through the surface of the ocean.”

Sabine’s passionate about the global climate crisis and its mounting impact on our oceans. He’s also the chair of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project, which is rallying scientists from all over the world and networking them, coordinating them, and maximizing their science. Stay tuned to find out how.



"Chris Sabine asks how long a coal train would be carrying the amount of carbon we produce every year. The answer? Listen to the story to find out. Credit:

Akihiko Murata in the South Pacific with the round-the-world Blue Earth Global Expedition 2003 cruise. Credit: H. Uchida.

If you live in the USA, you release (on average) 122 pounds of CO2 into the air every day. And a good amount of that is entering our oceans.

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Clearing a carbon catastrophe


  1. […] New Podcast from Ocean Gazing Posted on October 16, 2009 by neosec Scientists from all over the world are joining the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project. Find out what they are up to in this podcast from Ocean Gazing. […]

  2. Wow Ari, thank you for your interview with Chris Sabine. His metaphor of train/coal/carbon is great, a real eye opener.

  3. Yeah, I really appreciated the way Sabine communicated that message with the train metaphor. It made it a lot more concrete (or should I say coal?) for me.

Clearing a carbon catastrophe

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