Long winter nights became a little less cold and dark when humans began burning wood and later fossil fuels to provide heat and light. What they didn't foresee is how burning these carbon-based fuels for energy for an ever-increasing population would disrupt the balance of the carbon cycle and put all life on Earth in jeopardy. Even today with all our scientific knowledge of the carbon cycle, many people don't understand why keeping that cycle in balance is so important. 

Issue Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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