Science Update: Melting Permafrost Twice as Bad?

by Bill Chameides | September 4th, 2008
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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Remember the post on how the melting of the permafrost would lead to a climate catastrophe? As if things weren’t bad enough, a new study has added fuel to the thawing fire.

The new study released this week in BioScience indicates that the amount of carbon stored in permafrost is about two times larger than previously thought. That means that as the permafrost melts (and it is melting), it releases about two times the amount of greenhouse gases as well.

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