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Drought bumps up global thermostat

As the European drought continues, two research groups have warned that it will unleash large amounts of CO2 into the environment. Estimates from CarboEurope, a European Union research team based in Jena, Germany, suggest that during July and August 2003, around 500 million tonnes of carbon escaped from western Europe's forests and fields as crops shrivelled, soils desiccated and trees burnt. The releases are equivalent to around twice the emissions from fossil-fuel burning in the region over the same period.

Pearce, F., 2005: Drought bumps up global thermostat. New Scientist, 2511, 10.

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