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Study: Thawing Permafrost Could Worsen Global Warming

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There is a new and growing concern in the scientific community about climate change: the effects of thawing tundra on global warming.

With much focus on climate change around the globe in recent months, concerns about different factors contributing to global warming have often taken center stage. According to one study, there's now a new growing concern: permafrost. Or, more specifically, the thawing of permafrost.

A study published recently by the Nature Climate Change journal took a detailed look at the thawing of permafrost in the Arctic and any potential effects that this action could bring to the climate.

Emissions of carbon dioxide and methane

Researchers studied tundra regions in Alaska to examine what happens to to the frozen soil as it thaws. What they discovered sounded alarms. The scientists found out that the emissions of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere increased along with the thawing of the permafrost.

And, as carbon dioxide emissions and methane emissions are both major contributors to climate change, the thawing is ultimately compounding the effects of global warming.

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