Permafrost

Here’s a call to all little scientists out there – we need to find a reasonable way to stop or slow the global warming trend occurring around the planet and today, that call just got a little louder. Scientists at Florida State University have found that global warming, believed to be caused by large quantities of “greenhouse gases” that have been released into the air, is getting increasingly worse because of, eh, global warming.

Researchers found that the warming of the planet is thawing out the permafrost, the soil in the polar areas that used to remain frozen all year long (before Mother Nature got mad and decided to fight back). Specifically, what they found was that as the permafrost thaws, the organic material (dead plants) inside the permafrost begins to decompose. And as it decomposes, you guessed it, it releases even more greenhouse gases.

The additional greenhouse gases that are released cause the planet to grow even warmer which makes more of the permafrost melt which releases more greenhouse gases which causes the planet to grow even warmer which makes more of the permafrost melt which, well, you get the picture. It’s like a merry-go-around that’s spinning too fast and you can’t jump off.

Sources: Florida State University: Permafrost thawing could accelerate global warming
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