Smoke before the fire?
after almost eight years of stability, atmospheric methane levels — measured every 40 minutes by monitors near remote coastal cliffs — suddenly started rising in 2006. the amount of methane in the air has jumped by nearly 28 million tons from june 2006 to october 2007. there is now more than 5.6 billion tons of methane in the air.
"if it's sustained, it's bad news," said mit atmospheric scientist ron prinn, lead author of the methane study, which will be published in the journal geophysical research letters oct. 31. "this is a heads up. we're seeing smoke. it remains to be seen whether this is the fire we're really worried about.
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