Posted: October 9, 2012 Filed under: ClimateScience, Uncategorized | Tags: arctic, melt, methane, pole
Arctic Methane Leak Research Looks For Signs Of Accelerating Climate Change
It’s been called the Methane Bomb — a stash of gas buried under the Arctic seafloor whose heat-trapping power is much greater, molecule for molecule, than the carbon dioxide people usually worry about. As climate change forces the Arctic to warm, experts warn that methane could escape, speeding global warming. They can’t predict when the great escape might begin, however, or how fast it might proceed. They can’t even rule out the possibility that it might have already started. So they’ve been cruising Arctic waters to get a better handle on where things stand.