Wetlands to blame for methane increases

Surprising research has recently come out that shows a rise in atmospheric methane that seems to originate from wetland emissions. This is due to the fact that northern wetlands continue to thaw and tropical ones to warm. The research calls for improved monitoring of the wetlands and human changes to those ecosystems. The lead researcher, Merritt Turetsky, has looked at 20,000 field data measurements and collected from 70 arcitc sites. The microbes in saturated wetlands are slowly becoming as big of a methane contributor to the atmosphere as burning fossil fuels. There is no discovered way of slowing this down yet.

Ethan Becker


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