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Sequestration is a man-made concept in order to try and understand what we perceive happening.
Respiration has no net effect on atmospheric CO2 levels. The combustion of fossil fuels does.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: Phage
Ah, now there you have a point. Additional carbon dioxide beyond that produced by respiration can unbalance the system. But it does not matter if that extra comes from fossil fuel combustion or respiration or cow burps.
That's why your statement that "respiration is carbon neutral" is so wrong. Respiration only covers the creation of carbon dioxide and water from oxidation/reduction of sugar. Fossil fuel combustion only covers creation of carbon dioxide and water from hydrocarbon chains. Photosynthesis only covers creation of oxygen and sugars from carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight. The three may operate symbiotically, but they are not a single process. They are only connected in the respect that they all use similar chemicals.
I recognize the attraction of implying that respiration is good carbon dioxide and combustion is bad carbon dioxide, but it is not true.