Arctic Methane Leak Possibly Accelerating Climate Change
We hear an awful lot these days about how burning fossil fuels is emitting massive quantities of carbon dioxide and consequently warming our planet. But CO2 isn’t the only greenhouse gas: methane traps heat too, and it’s a lot more powerful, molecule for molecule, than carbon dioxide. Well, it turns out that global warming could release vast natural deposits of methane trapped in the Arctic, making the temperature increase we’re already seeing go into overdrive.
No one knows if and when that might happen, but even the mere possibility has galvanized scientists into pondering what they could possibly do about it should the worst come to pass.