Note — Sep 30, 2018

Lakes Are Bubbling and Hissing with a Dangerous Greenhouse Gas, Methane, as the Arctic Thaws

The 😱 article for this week. It’s been known for a while that this was a risk but it’s still a bit mind boggling to see permafrost thawing and a lake bubbling like this. Make sure to scroll through the whole thing, great visual essay and the animated gifs of the bubbling lake are quite something.

Overall, if Walter Anthony’s findings are correct, the total impact from thawing permafrost could be similar to adding a couple of large fossil-fuel-emitting economies — say, two more Germanys — to the planet. And that does not take into account the possibility of more lakes like Esieh, which appears to be a different phenomenon from thermokarst lakes, emitting gases faster.