It’s always “faster than expected” or the scientists are “surprised” and still they cannot tell the full truth about methane.
“What a relief! I guess cows farting up a storm trumps melting permafrost and arctic seabed exhalations and the ever so noble fossil fuel industry. O yeah, and the rice farmers too. Those nasty nasty methane belchers!”
---C.T (via Facebook)
Methane levels over the Arctic Ocean are higher than elsewhere on Earth. As the animation below shows, methane levels were as high as 2436 parts per billion (ppb) on the afternoon of December 5, 2016, with most methane rising up from the water, in particular over the Arctic Ocean
Rapid rise in methane emissions in 10 years surprises scientists
Methane warms planet 20 times as much as similar CO2 volumes but lack of monitoring means scientists can’t be sure of sources
12 December, 2016
Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane have surged in the past decade, threatening to thwart global attempts to combat climate change.