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    Dallasdoc, Lujane

    luckily I still have access to the e-library at my college until April, so I looked up the Nature article in question (buried well down the list of articles in the table of contents BTW).
    The authors say this:

    Knowing how much carbon will be released from the permafrost zone in this century and beyond is crucial for determining the appropriate response. But despite the massive amount of carbon in permafrost soils, emissions from these soils are unlikely to overshadow those from the burning of fossil fuels, which will continue to be the main source of climate forcing. Permafrost carbon release will still be an important amplifier of climate change, however, and is in some ways more problematic: it occurs in remote places, far from human influence, and is dispersed across the landscape. Trapping carbon emissions at the source — as one might do at power plants — is not an option. And once the soils thaw, emissions are likely to continue for decades, or even centuries.

    So the bad news is that whatever we do now, permafrost melting will continue. The good (?) news is that fossil fuel burning will cause much, much more disruption so we have to concentrate on what we can do, and both conserve and develop everything from nuclear to wave turbines so we can get off our oil and coal addiction.

    "Bootstraps are a fine invention as long as they are attached to boots." blueoasis

    by northsylvania on Fri Dec 02, 2011 at 04:28:23 AM PST

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