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Arctic scientists discover new global warming threat as melting permafrost releases millions of tons of a gas 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists.


The Independent has been passed details of preliminary findings suggesting that massive deposits of sub-sea methane are bubbling to the surface as the Arctic region becomes warmer and its ice retreats.

Underground stores of methane are important because scientists believe their sudden release has in the past been responsible for rapid increases in global temperatures, dramatic changes to the climate, and even the mass extinction of species. Scientists aboard a research ship that has sailed the entire length of Russia's northern coast have discovered intense concentrations of methane – sometimes at up to 100 times background levels – over several areas covering thousands of square miles of the Siberian continental shelf.

In the past few days, the researchers have seen areas of sea foaming with gas bubbling up through "methane chimneys" rising from the sea floor. They believe that the sub-sea layer of permafrost, which has acted like a "lid" to prevent the gas from escaping, has melted away to allow methane to rise from underground deposits formed before the last ice age... more here: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/exclusive-the-methane-time-bomb-938932.html
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iRobot company featured idea, how resolve funding of health insurance in future. He means that robotic nurses are the best resolve. New robotic nurses could have to save millions in state budget...
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29.3.2010 09:19:03 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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28.1.2010 09:45:44 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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Anchorage (USA) – Melting of arctic glaciers that is commonly seen as an adverse effect of the global warming has at least one positive effect. Due to the melting, scientists can execute their...
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27.1.2010 10:00:21 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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30.12.2009 09:15:03 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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28.12.2009 09:49:09 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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23.11.2009 09:15:52 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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Rocket, which has to send American astronauts in to the space after end flies of space shuttle, has to take off on Thursday 27.10.2009 without persons. Meteorological news implies start will be on...
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30.10.2009 09:06:06 | Nick: JirkaPraha
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Submitter of advert in countryside is interested in, what group addresses this way. System Next Generation Digital Signage Solution for recognizing of faces researched by company NEC could help them....
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