Our Carbon-Filled World

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With U.S. corporate interests revved up to plunder ever more fossil fuel, NASA has released a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - the deadly result of all that plunder - travels around the globe. Called a “Nature Run,” the ultra-high resolution visualization, shown for the first time at this week's  SC14 supercomputing conference in New Orleans, shows plumes of carbon dioxide primarily from the northern hemisphere mightily swirling and churning with the winds and seasons. The 2006 model clearly shows huge red masses billowing, then dispersing in the summer as they're consumed by photosynthesizing plants, to be largely overtaken by seasonal forest fires in the southern hemisphere before eerily surging again come winter. Mesmerizing and terrifying.

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