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#ClimateFacts: Permafrost Melt



As the name suggests, permafrost is supposed to stay frozen. But climate change is starting to melt it, releasing planet-warming methane. That should have us all worried. 

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WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE ABLE TO LIGHT THIS ALASKAN LAKE ON FIRE?

BECAUSE WITHIN THE ICE ARE DEPOSITS OF HIGHLY FLAMMABLE METHANE GAS.

DON’T LET THE BEAUTY FOOL YOU.

THESE BUBBLES COULD SPELL OUR RUIN.

IF ENOUGH METHANE ESCAPES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE IT’S GAME OVER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE.

THAT’S BECAUSE, IN THE SHORT TERM, METHANE WARMS THE PLANET 86 TIMES FASTER THAN CO2. [i]

AND UP HERE THERE’S A LOT OF METHANE.

MUCH OF IT IS STORED IN THE PERMAFROST.

PERMAFROST IS FROZEN SOIL THAT COVERS ABOUT 20% OF ALL LAND ON EARTH. [ii]

THE PERMAFROST IS SUPPOSED TO STAY FROZEN, BUT IT IS MELTING BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. [iii]

ANCIENT PLANTS INSIDE THE PERMAFROST STORE VAST AMOUNTS OF CARBON. [iv]

IF ALL THE PERMAFROST WERE TO MELT, 1.8 TRILLION TONS OF CO2 AND METHANE WOULD BE RELEASED. [v]

1.8 TRILLION TONS IS MORE THAN TWICE AS MUCH CO2 AS IS IN THE ATMOSPHERE RIGHT NOW. [lbid.]vi

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT WILL TAKE MANY DECADES FOR ALL THE PERMAFROST TO MELT. [vii]

THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THE MELTING HAS ALREADY BEGUN AND IS RELEASING LARGE AMOUNTS OF GREENHOUSE GASES. [lbid.]viii

FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF THE CENTURY THE AMOUNT OF ANNUAL EMISSIONS FROM PERMAFROST MELT COULD EQUALTHE EMISSIONS FROM ALL FOSSIL FUELS BURNED IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR. [lbid.]ix

THE PERMAFROST IS DOING MORE THAN JUST PROPPING US UP. IT’S PROTECTING US FROM THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IMAGINABLE.

THESE ARE #CLIMATEFACTS.

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SOURCES:
[i] ScientifcAmerican.com. How Bad of a Greenhouse Gas Is Methane?. Dec 22nd. 2015.
[ii] DGGS.Alaska.Gov. Permafrost in Alaska. 1994.
[iii] Vox.com. Melting permafrost in the Arctic is unlocking diseases and warping the landscape. Oct 31st. 2017.
[iv] PHYS.org. When permafrost melts, what happens to all that stored carbon? Dec 5th. 2016.
[v] NYmag.com. The Uninhabitable Earth. July 9th. 2017.
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] NYTimes.com. Alaska’s Permafrost is no longer permanent. It is Thawing. Aug 23rd. 2017.
[viii] Ibid.
[ix] Ibid.

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