Methane Leaking Through the Cracks
Scientists have confirmed that the release of immense amounts of methane due to thawing Arctic permafrost could very negatively impact the global economy. The releases could cost an estimated $60 trillion and the worst of these impacts will be felt in developing countries.
Methane is being released in large quantities due to a diminishing ice cover in the East Siberian Sea, which is allowing for waters to warm, hence the release. Methane is one of the strongest greenhouse gases (GHG). These emissions will increase flooding, the rise of sea levels, and damage to both agriculture and human health.
“According to Lloyds of London, investment in the Arctic could reach $100bn within ten years,” (BBC News).
Nevertheless, the costs outweigh the benefits and a release of methane this huge could speed up the increase of global temperatures by 2C by 12-35 years.
Methane is increasing in the atmosphere; the increase is most prominent over the Arctic. Developing countries may feel this impact most, but it is something that will affect the entire world.
The economy, global temperatures, agriculture, sea levels, human health.
Can we prevent this burst from happening?
Story thanks to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news