Methane problem

Researchers at Lund University, in Sweden, have demonstrated that as ice melts in the Arctic Sea, so atmospheric methane levels rise. Bright sea ice reflects sunlight, while open water absorbs sunlight. Less sea ice, therefore, leads to more absorbed heat, and higher temperatures throughout the North Pole region, according to the team. Frans-Jan Parmentier, the study’s lead author and a scientist in the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, suggests that “Changes in the Arctic Ocean can affect ecosystems located far away on land." He adds that, “While numerous studies have shown the effects of sea ice loss on the ocean, there are only a few that show how this oceanic change affects ecosystems on the surrounding land. Our research shows that to understand the impact of climate change on the Arctic, the ocean and land cannot be viewed separately.“