No increase in methane emissions in Arctic Alaska despite warming temperatures

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Technician Ross Burgener staffs the NOAA Global Monitoring Division Barrow Observatory on September 21, 2015, about 5 miles outside of town. Three vertical intakes behind the structure, back left, capture air samples for analysis. The site also hosts short-term research projects from around the world. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)
Technician Ross Burgener staffs the NOAA Global Monitoring Division Barrow Observatory on September 21, 2015, about 5 miles outside of town. Three vertical intakes behind the structure, back left, capture air samples for analysis. The site also hosts short-term research projects from around the world. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)
Three decades of atmospheric monitoring on Alaska’s North Slope show no signs that a feared “methane bomb” capable of accelerating climate change is emerging from thawing permafrost.
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