Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The ground is not helping

A few recent studies show that the soil in the Arctic is warming up and releasing carbon into the atmosphere. Previously, it had been too cold for this to happen. But it has started to happen. These places are contributing far, far more CO2 and methane to the atmosphere than they ever have. This means that even if all human fossil fuel emissions were halted immediately, soils would continue to release approximately the same amount of CO2 and methane emissions as the amount produced by the fossil fuel industry during the mid-20th century.

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