21 May '12, 11am

Green Blog: Popping the Cap on Arctic Methane

Josh Haner/The New York Times Katey M. Walter Anthony, the lead author of a new paper, examining a methane seep in Alaska. Methane held underground by caps of Arctic ice is bubbling out as a warming climate causes those caps to melt, researchers report in the journal Nature Geoscience. The paper offers some of the strongest field evidence yet that a melt-back of land ice can release methane. Removing an ice cap seems to work a bit like popping the cap on a bottle of soda, allowing pent-up gas to escape. In an interview, the paper’s lead author, Katey M. Walter Anthony of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, said that this mechanism has probably been at work since the end of the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago. “We’re not necessarily saying this is a new source, so much as it’s newly discovered,” Dr. Walter Anthony said. “And at the moment, it’s not a huge source.” Th...

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