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Friday, August 4, 2017

Thawing permafrost poses even greater global warming threat than previously thought, suggests study

Thawing permafrost poses even greater global warming threat than previously thought, suggests study

Runaway global warming is, without a doubt, a nightmare scenario for humanity.


As the temperature rises, it has knock-on effects that drive the mercury higher still in a vicious circle that the likes of Professor Stephen Hawking have warned could turn the Earth into a planet like Venus, where it’s a balmy 250 degrees Celsius and the rain is made of sulphuric acid.


One of the most feared of these feedback loops is the vast amount of organic material currently trapped in permafrost, which would release methane and other greenhouse gases in large amounts given the right conditions.


And now a team of researchers has discovered another significant source of emissions that would result from the thawing of the tundra. For the frozen ground acts as a cap on much more ancient gas deposits, preventing them from escaping into the atmosphere.


Full story at http://ind.pn/2hwdl5o


Source: Independent


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