May 9, 2017 - Energy & Environment

Methane may lessen the impact of climate change

Robert F. Bukaty/AP

New research suggests that methane leaks in the Arctic may actually slow the effects of global warming, challenging conventional understanding of how greenhouse gases (like methane) impact climate change. The study found that the surface water above methane gas bubbles absorb twice as much CO2 as the water around it, calling it the "methane fertilization effect."

Why this matters: Though researchers are not yet sure how this will apply to other parts of the ocean, this is a bit of good news for finding future solutions to the threat of global warming in the Arctic.

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