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Why is the climate of the Arctic so important?
But the climate of this unique and remote region can be both an early indicator of the climate of the rest of the Earth and a driver for weather patterns across the globe. William Chapman explains why scientists often describe the Arctic as the 鈥渃anary in the coal mine鈥?when it comes to climate change.
Is the Arctic the 鈥淐anary in the coal mine鈥?
William Chapman explains why scientists often describe the Arctic as the 鈥渃anary in the coal mine鈥?when it comes to climate change. Albedo in Latin means 鈥渨hite,鈥?and is a measure of how much solar energy is reflected back into space from a surface. Why is this so important in regard to climate change in the Arctic?
What happens when coal is extracted from the Earth?
However, when coal and other fossil fuels are extracted and burned, they release sequestered carbon into the atmosphere, which leads to a build-up of greenhouse gases and adversely affects climate s and ecosystems. In 2011, about 43% of the electricity in the U.S. was generated from burning coal.
Why did coal deposits wane during the Carboniferous period?
The scientists instead argue that the waxing and waning of coal deposits during the Carboniferous period was closely tied to a unique combination of tectonics and climate conditions that existed during the assembly of Pangea.