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Posted Tue Sep 2 2008: from American Institute of Biological Sciences via ScienceDaily:
Thawing Permafrost Likely To Boost Global Warming, New Assessment Concludes
"A new assessment more than doubles previous estimates of the amount of carbon stored in permafrost ... The thawing of permafrost in northern latitudes, which greatly increases microbial decomposition of carbon compounds in soil, will dominate other effects of warming in the region and could become a major force promoting the release of carbon dioxide and thus further warming ..."
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