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Research Limelight Falls on Carbon Cycle

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Science  12 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5370, pp. 1683
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5370.1683

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At last year's Kyoto summit, politicians proposed a carbon-release accounting system to encourage nations to reduce emissions of this greenhouse gas. Such a system would require accurate measurements of the carbon being released and ways to verify the totals. But scientists are far from ready to provide detailed and accurate information--much less verification--on the sources and sinks of carbon emissions.