Freshwater methane emissions offset the continental carbon sink

photo of freshwater lakes nestled in a valley between green mountainsResearchers find that methane emissions from inland waters offset 25% of the terrestrial carbon sink, making freshwater an important--but often overlooked--component of the global carbon cycle.

D. Bastviken, L.J. Tranvik, J.A. Downing, P.M. Crill, A. Enrich-Prast
Science 331 p.50 (7 Jan 2011)

A sample of the international media coverage of this study:
Reuters: Lakes a big source of climate-warming gas: study
The Australian (Australia): Lakes emit greenhouse gases, scientists claim The Times (South Africa): Lakes a big source of climate-warming gas
Terra (Brasil): Lagos são grandes emissores de gás metano, diz estudo
Daily Independent (Nigeria): Natural greenhouse gas sink smaller than believed
The China Post (Taiwan): Lakes a source of climate-warming gas
Discovery News: Bugs ate up methane from Gulf spill
MSN (Brasil): Lagos são grandes emissores de gás metano, revela estudo
The Star (Malaysia): Lakes and rivers pollute air, too
The Local (Sweden): Lakes emit greenhouse gases: Swedish scientist
El Economista (Spain): Lakes a big source of climate-warming gas: study
Kaleej Times (UAE): Lakes a big source of climate-warming gas

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Posted on August 15, 2011