“Up to 10% of the projected global warming this century could come from thawing permafrost.”
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet and Katey Walter Anthony’s research has helped to reveal that Arctic lakes are emitting five times more methane than previously thought.
Emissions from these lakes, also known as thermokarst lakes, are expected to peak by 2050 and it takes just one year for these powerful greenhouse gases to mix into our global atmosphere.
as much carbon is found within permafrost layers than the atmosphere.
more methane is being emitted by arctic lakes than previously thought.
By 2050 arctic oceans will become ice-free during summer months and polar bears could become extinct from the wild.
of global warming this century could come from thawing permafrost; effecting the entire earth.
A 4°C increase in temperature is happening in less than 100 years due to fossil fuel induced carbon emissions.
emissions are produced by burning fossil fuels to create energy.
Choosing energy-saving technology can reduce CO2 emissions.
“Most polar bears, for example, could become extinct from the wild by the end of this century.”
The question is no longer whether the Arctic is melting, but rather how fast. NASA has reported that while many models predict the Arctic Ocean will become ice-free for at least part of the year before 2100, other models predict that it will happen much quicker – within the next fifty years. Either way, the consequences would be devastating for natural ecosystems.
Although Katey recognises how this may paint a grim picture for the future, she is quick to say that people need to spend more time connecting with nature rather than living in fear. "By getting outside, the impact on our health and our relationship with the natural environment will improve. Regaining this connection with nature is one of the most important things we can do. When our hearts are in it, that will guide our future decisions to do the right thing."
“When businesses and people make smart decisions about what technology we use, that will also make a positive difference for our environment.”
“When we invest in energy-saving technology, it will save us money in the long-term while immediately reducing our carbon footprint.”
Katey prints copies of maps and data from her field research, and notes that companies like Epson have introduced heat-free technology printers with low power consumption. Less energy use means less fossils fuels which means less carbon emissions going into the atmosphere.
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