Protecting Earth's Climate for Future Generations

Recent changes to the Gulf Stream causing widespread gas hydrate destabilization - NATURE

11-7-12

Methane is a more than 100 times more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 over a 10-year period. Over five years, it's even more potent. With each passing day, methane is accumulating in our atmosphere due to the climate change-induced widespread gas hydrate destabilization.

A recent study in the scientific journal NATURE revealed that warming in the North Atlantic margin is resulting in the destabilization of 2.5 gigatonnes of methane hydrate. This destabilization extends for hundreds of miles and could continue for centuries. Their scientific estimate of 2.5 gigatonnes is likely only a fraction of the methane hydrate that is under current destabilization around the world.

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