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Moss Still Lives After 1500 Years Buried In Antarctic Ice
2014-03-17 14:57:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online British researchers who typically study polar moss samples because they provide indications of past climate conditions have found that Antarctic moss can survive trapped under ice for over 1,500 years. While some plant material has been brought back to life after 20 years of being frozen, only microbes have been shown to be capable of thousand-year feats of revival; that is until now. "These mosses were basically in a very long-term...

Climate Change Sentinels In The Arctic
2014-02-15 04:47:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Being particularly sensitive to carbon monoxide and methane, canaries were often used by miners as sentinels to determine if the toxic mine-related gases were building up to dangerous levels. Speaking this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, oceanographer Sue Moore said walruses, polar bears and seals can be looked at in much the same way, in that well-being of these Arctic...

Early Warning System Needed In A World With Changing Climates
2013-12-04 12:31:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Research Council says that even gradual climate change can have abrupt impacts in human infrastructure and ecosystems if critical thresholds are crossed, so an early warning system needs to be developed now, before its too late. The federal report calls for the development of an early warning system that could help anticipate sudden changes and emerging impacts. "Research has helped us begin to distinguish more imminent...

Arctic Seafloor Releases Double Previous Estimates Of Methane
2013-11-26 07:19:53

University of Alaska Fairbanks The seafloor off the coast of Northern Siberia is releasing more than twice the amount of methane as previously estimated, according to new research results published in the Nov. 24 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. The East Siberian Arctic Shelf is venting at least 17 teragrams of the methane into the atmosphere each year. A teragram is equal to 1 million tons. “It is now on par with the methane being released from the arctic tundra, which is...

2013-10-30 10:39:33

The high cliffs of Eastern Siberia – which mainly consist of permafrost – continue to erode at an ever quickening pace. This is the conclusion which scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research have reached after their evaluation of data and aerial photographs of the coastal regions for the last 40 years. According to the researchers, the reasons for this increasing erosion are rising summer temperatures in the Russian permafrost regions as...

Climate Change Not Improving NOAA Report
2013-08-07 09:43:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last year was one of the hottest twelve months on record, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that analyzed global temperatures and climate trends. The US government agency's report was assembled by over 380 scientists from 52 countries. In addition to analyzing temperature data, the annual report also gave the status of other global climate indicators and significant weather...

2013-07-29 13:01:03

Climate New research findings from the Centre for Permafrost (CENPERM) at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, document that permafrost during thawing may result in a substantial release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and that the future water content in the soil is crucial to predict the effect of permafrost thawing. The findings may lead to more accurate climate models in the future. The permafrost is thawing and thus...

Ticking Time Bomb: The True Cost Of Arctic Methane Release
2013-07-25 07:44:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An Arctic methane 'time bomb' brought about by rapidly thinning permafrost could cost the world up to $60 Trillion, the size of the entire global economy, a group of economists and polar scientists warned on Tuesday. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, although it lasts less than a decade in the atmosphere. Large amounts of the gas are concentrated in the frozen Arctic tundra, and are also found as semi-solid gas hydrates under...

Antarctic Permafrost Melting Faster Than Previously Thought
2013-07-24 17:51:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists reported in the journal Scientific Reports that permafrost in a section of Antarctica is melting faster than expected. Data from Garwood Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys region of Antarctica has shown that melt rates accelerated consistently from 2001 to 2012, rising to about ten times the valley's historical average for the present geologic epoch. Scientists previously thought the region's ground ice to be in equilibrium,...

Arctic Permafrost Melts And Releases Greenhouse Gases
2013-06-11 10:18:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Conditions within Arctic permafrost soils prevent dead plants and animals from decomposing, resulting in layer upon layer of organic carbon being sequestered just beneath the topsoil. However, rising Arctic temperatures are causing these soils to thaw at unprecedented rates, and NASA scientists are currently looking into just how much greenhouse gas is being released through soil decomposition. Using NASA´s C-23 Sherpa...


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