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Rise in upper-atmospheric carbon

Carbon dioxide cools the upper atmosphere. Satellite measurements suggest that concentrations of this greenhouse gas have risen in the thermosphere over the past decade, with implications for the energy balance of the upper atmosphere.

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Figure 1: Atmospheric layers as defined by temperature.


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Noël, S. Rise in upper-atmospheric carbon. Nature Geosci 5, 848–849 (2012).

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