This observation, by a leading scientist in the environmental field, was proved correct when in 2001. He explained the 800 year lag of CO2 behind temperature change. As the Earth naturally warmed, the oceans would begin to warm also. But, it took nearly 800 years to heat such a large body of water to a temperature equal to that of Earth's. After 800 years, when the temperature of the ocean matched the temperature of the Earth, CO2 was released from the ocean into the atmosphere. Similarly, when the temperature of the Earth decreased, and 800 years later the ocean followed, the oceans would absorb CO2. The oceans simply released and absorbed CO2 based on its temperature.
While some skeptics of this fact argue the accuracy of the data obtained from ice samples, the recent and direct impact of CO2 on temperature change is stunning. Data taken by Robert Kandel in Our Changing Climate shows the stunning reality of the impact CO2 has on our temperature. Industrial production, causing a release of CO2, during the early 20th century was at a relative low, yet illustrated by the graph showing the correlation between temperature and CO2, temperature was at a relative