Thursday, February 16, 2012

Great Siberian thaw | Down To Earth

Fox says it ain't so. Fox the science denier.

Great Siberian thaw | Down To Earth

"THIS phenomenon has dangerous portents for climate change -- parts of the world's largest frozen peat bog in Russia's western Siberia region, which accounts for 60 per cent of the world's peatlands, is undergoing a sudden thaw. The thaw in the northernmost parts of the frozen peatland, over one million square kilometres, is due to rise in global surface temperature, says a team of Russian scientists led by Sergei Kirpoten of Tomsk State University, Tomsk. Because the peat bog stores billions of tones of methane (a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide) that would be released into the atmosphere in the thaw, the phenomenon will undoubtedly hasten climate change. Thus, the pristine ecosystem underlain by permafrost has become both a victim and an abettor of climate change." for more go to www.downtoearth.org




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