A recently published study has found that with thawing tundra’s have been producing new plant life that seem to be absorbing green house gases. This absorption of green house gases has slowed down global warming effects that are feared worldwide.
Experts say this is still not enough to offset the long-term effects of global warming due to the ever-increasing use of industrial plants, vehicles, and other pollution emitting activities.
Making matters worse is that much of the gas trapped in permafrost is methane, which is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It’s a vicious cycle. As the world warms, more permafrost thaws. As more permafrost thaws, more greenhouse gases are released and the world warms even more, scientists say.
For the long-term, the new paper “heightens rather than lessens the concern” about the effects of trapped greenhouse gases in permafrost, said Stanford University ecologist Chris Field, who wasn’t part of the study.
Read the full article to find out why scientists believe this will only last 15-20 years.