Scientists crunch the numbers on Arctic carbon emissions

24 February, 2011 by (comments)

Scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US have, for the first time, quantified exactly how much carbon might be released as global warming causes the thawing of Arctic permafrost, Discovery News reports.

They estimate that by 2200, 190 gigatons of carbon will have been released into the atmosphere – roughly 20 per cent of the carbon in the atmosphere today – and will start to occur in the next 20 years. The video below explains how scientists arrived at these figures.

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