2019 will bring the highest carbon dioxide levels on record, scientists claim - carbon dioxide absorbent
Scientists at the British Meteorological Agency have warned that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is expected to be one of the biggest rises in more than 60 years this year. The build-
The rise in greenhouse gases may soar, as changes in weather in the Pacific may reduce the ability of natural "sinks" such as forests or grasslands to absorb excess carbon.
Coupled with an increase in emissions from human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, this means that experts predict that atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen the most in 62 years of measurement.
Weather patterns associated with Pacific temperature fluctuations affect the absorption of carbon by plants.
The tropical Pacific Ocean is expected to warm this year, which means many areas become dry, limiting the growth of plants.
Professor Richard Betts of the British Meteorological Bureau said: "We expect the carbon sink to be relatively weak, so a record high human
The emissions will be greater.