Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Significantly Amplifying Global Warming

The growth in the rapid melting of the polar caps is causing the rapid melting of the permafrost locked within and the gases from to quickly escape!

Melting permafrost poses new climate change risk
Researchers say climate change has created something new to worry about: gases released by melting permafrost. Scott Pelley reports.

U.N.: Thawing Permafrost to Boost Global Warming
November 27, 2012 - Thawing permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere could "significantly amplify global warming" at a time when the world is already struggling to reign in rising greenhouse gases, a U.N. report said on Tuesday.

The warning comes as United Nations climate negotiations enter a second day, with the focus on the Kyoto Protocol — a legally-binding emissions cap that expires this year and remains the most significant international achievement in the fight against global warming. Countries are hoping to negotiate an extension to the pact that runs until at least 2020.

The U.N. said the potential hazards of carbon dioxide and methane emissions from warming permafrost has until now not been factored into climate models. It is calling for a special U.N. climate panel to assess the warming and for the creation of "national monitoring networks and adaptation plans" to help better understand the threat. read more>>>

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