A new NASA satellite details how the whopper of an El Nino a couple years ago added more heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the air

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, firemen spray water in an attempt to extinguish bush fires on a peat land in Siak Riau province, Indonesia. A new NASA satellite finds another thing to blame on El Nino: A recent record high increase of carbon dioxide in the air. The satellite details how the super-sized El Nino a couple years ago added 2.5 billion tons of carbon into the air, making the natural phenomenon the main factor in the biggest jump in heat-trapping gas levels in modern record, NASA scientists said. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman, File)

By SETH BORENSTEIN - Associated Press
Sunday, October 15th 2017, 18:22 pm EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A NASA satellite has found another thing to blame on El Nino: A recent record high increase of carbon dioxide in the air.

A study published Thursday in the journal Science found that the super-sized El Nino a couple of years ago led to an increase of 2.5 billion tons of carbon into the air. The effect was so large that it was the main factor in the biggest one-year jump in heat-trapping gas levels in modern record.

El Nino is the natural warming of parts of the central Pacific that affects weather around the world. The NASA satellite showed that El Nino made it more difficult for plants to suck up man-made carbon emissions and sparked fires that released more carbon into the atmosphere.

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