Thawing arctic lakes absorb more greenhouse gases than they emit

Arctic lakes are thawing due to global warming and the currently held notion is that the loss of permafrost will release even more greenhouse gases—specifically methane—contributing further to climate change. A new study by the National Science Foundation, a government sponsored independent US research institution, published in Nature contradicts this view and shows that historically thawing arctic lakes actually have removed more greenhouse gases than they produced.

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Thawing arctic lakes absorb more greenhouse gases than they emit

Arctic lakes are thawing due to global warming and the currently held notion is that the loss of permafrost will release even more greenhouse gases—specifically methane—contributing further to climate change. A new study by the National Science Foundation, a government sponsored independent US research institution, published in Nature contradicts this view and shows that historically thawing arctic lakes actually have removed more greenhouse gases than they produced.

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