May 16, 2012
Julia

Methane: One of the Causes of Global Warming

Methane is another extremely potent greenhouse gas, ranking next to carbon dioxide. Methane is produced when organic matter is broken down by bacterias that are under oxygen-starved conditions or anaerobic decomposition.

Anaerobic decomposition is also processed in the intestines of herbivorous animals. With the increase in the amount of concentrated livestock production, the levels of the methane gas released into the atmosphere also increases.

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Methane clathrate, a compound that contains large amounts of methane that is trapped in an ice crystal structure is also another source if methane. As the methane gas escapes from the Arctic seabed, there will also be an increase of global warming’s rate.

 

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