Definition of carbon sink in English:

carbon sink


  • A forest, ocean, or other natural environment viewed in terms of its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    • ‘Besides that, firewood adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, while furniture or other products will act as a carbon sink for years and years.’
    • ‘As trees take root, they would begin absorbing carbon dioxide, turning the region back into a carbon sink.’
    • ‘The forest will provide some much-needed lung space to Bangaloreans and act as a carbon sink by absorbing vehicular and other emissions.’
    • ‘Quite apart from trees being a carbon sink and saving us from environmental disaster, we often overlook the meaning it can give to our lives.’
    • ‘Iberia's oak forests are a vital carbon sink for the whole of Europe.’