Siberia Melts Cause Greenhouse Effect
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Posted by George on August 12th, 2005

The atmosphere is heating up, with the fastest warm up occurring in Western Siberia. According to Russian researchers the world’s largest frozen peat bog is melting. There is an estimated 70 billion tons of methanes under the frozen peat bog. The peat bog is larger than France and Germany combined and the amount of meathane is about a quater of the worlds methane.

Western Siberia has warmed faster than almost anywhere else on the planet, with an increase in average temperatures of some 3 °C in the last 40 years. The warming is believed to be a combination of man-made climate change, a cyclical change in atmospheric circulation known as the Arctic oscillation, plus feedbacks caused by melting ice, which exposes bare ground and ocean. These absorb more solar heat than white ice and snow.

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