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500 Billion Tons of Prehistoric Organic Matter May Massively Accelerate ‘Global Warming’

July 22, 2008
While some dismiss the 52-year-old as an alarmist crank, his theory is steadily gaining credibility in the scientific community. “There’s quite a bit of truth in it,” Julian Murton, member of the International Permafrost Association, told Reuters. “The methane and carbon dioxide levels will increase as a result of permafrost degradation.”
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For thousands of years animal waste, and other organic matter left behind on the Arctic tundra, have been sealed off from the environment by permafrost.
Now climate change is melting the permafrost and freeing mass quantities of prehistoric “ooze” from its state of suspended animation.
Russian scientist, Sergei Zimov, has been studying climate change in Russia’s Arctic for 30 years now. He is worried that as this organic matter becomes exposed to the air it will drastically accelerate global warming predictions even beyond some of the most pessimistic forecasts.
“This will lead to a type of global warming which will be impossible to stop,”
microbes that have been dormant for thousands of years will spring back
into action. They’ll begin once again to emit carbon dioxide and
methane gas as a by-product.
“Permafrost areas hold 500 billion tons of carbon, which can fast turn into greenhouse gases
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