worse than we thought – methane holes!

New research shows the Arctic is warming faster than previously believed. Russian scientists have found about 700 “methane holes” in the Arctic shelf.

The scale of emissions shows that the permafrost has degraded severely, and researchers think the thawing is irreversible. Because of the increasing permafrost thawing in West Siberia, the bigger thermokarst lakes could soon break up into numerous smaller ones.

“This could lead to a tenfold increase of greenhouse gases and dissolved organic carbon emissions into rivers and the Arctic,” said Sergei Kirpotin, head of TSU’s BioKlimLand research center.

Russia Beyond The Headlines, 11 Sep 2015