We’re Scarily Close to the Permafrost Tipping Point

March 8, 2013 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

We’re Scarily Close to the Permafrost Tipping Point
-By Julia Whitty 

| Tue Mar. 5, 2013 3:15 AM PST
See: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/03/were-getting-scarily-close-permafrost-tipping-point

Permafrost-the ground that stays frozen for two or more consecutive years-is a ticking time bomb of climate change. Some 24 percent of Northern Hemisphere land is permafrost. That’s 9 million square miles (23 million square kilometers) found mostly in Siberia, the Tibetan Plateau, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and other higher mountain regions.

Unfortunately, thawing permafrost releases massive amounts of methane and/or carbon dioxide. The question is whether that would happen over the course of decades or over a century or more.

Click here to see the full post: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/03/were-getting-scarily-close-permafrost-tipping-point

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