01 Jun '17, 1pm

Not So Funny: The Arctic is Leaking Laughing Gas

Not So Funny: The Arctic is Leaking Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide, the main ingredient in laughing gas, does more than just act as a nerve agent; it is a powerful greenhouse gas. It is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide and scientists believe could be leaking from ancient reservoirs beneath Arctic permafrost . A team of researchers from Sweden, Finland and Denmark analyzed 16 frozen peat cores from the Finnish Lapland and melted them in a specialized warming chamber in their lab. The goal was to see what kind of elements would be emitted if warming temperatures were to ensue in the Arctic . Their study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , reveals that nitrous oxide could emerge from more than one-fourth of the Arctic's peatland surfaces. The researchers collected peat core samples. Carolina Voigt There would be a five-fold increase in the amount of nitrous oxide released, compar...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/arctic-leaking-laughing-gas-2427...

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