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Dramatic increase in methane in the Arctic in January 2013

February 3, 2013

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By Sam Carana


Above image shows dramatic increases of methane levels above the Arctic Ocean in
the course of January 2013 in a large area north of Norway.


Overlaying methane measurements with sea ice concentrations shows that the
highest levels of methane coincide with areas in the Arctic Ocean without sea


As that post concludes, much of this methane is likely to enter the atmosphere
without getting broken down by bacteria as the sea ice retreats further. Sea ice
is declining at exponential pace. The big danger is that a huge rise of temperatures in the Arctic will
destabilize huge amounts of methane currently held in the seabed.

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