Researchers have discovered that millions of tons of methane (a gas that is 20 times worse than CO2 when it comes to global warming) are being released into the atmosphere RIGHT NOW as the permafrost melts in the Arctic.
In the Tuesday, September 23 edition of the Independent, Steve Connor writes, "Underground stores of methane are important because scientists believe their sudden release has in the past been responsible for rapid increases in global temperatures, dramatic changes to the climate, and even the mass extinction of species [in the past]."
Connor quotes researcher Orjan Gustafsson as saying, "An extensive area of intense methane release was found. At earlier sites we had found elevated levels of dissolved methane. Yesterday, for the first time, we documented a field where the release was so intense that the methane did not have time to dissolve into the seawater but was rising as methane bubbles to the sea surface." Once the methane rises to the surface, it enters the atmosphere as methane gas.
Listen to this week's Dreamland to hear Linda Howe?s report about this dangerous situation!
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