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What element do some researchers jokingly call the "triple whammy" or the "complete trifecta"? It is carbon-not only the very basis of life, but also the principal source of fossil fuel energy supporting the economy and a key factor in controlling global climate.
The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) will learn much more about the global carbon cycle through 80 research grants valued at approximately $50 million over the next three years that will look at everything from forest health in the United States to the role oceans play as the planet's "air filters."
Carbon-containing molecules are a key factor in global warming-carbon …