WEDNESDAY, AUG 6, 2014 03:27 PM -0500
The study concerns the large deposits of methane (CH4) — a greenhouse gas over twenty times more potent than CO2 — known to be buried beneath the Arctic. Stockholm University researchers found that some of that methane is leaking, and even making it to the ocean’s surface. They called the discovery “somewhat of a surprise,” which, according to Box, doesn’t quite communicate its importance.
“Even if a small fraction of the Arctic carbon were released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked,”