In recent years, climate change has been a primary contributor to many extreme weather conditions including rising temperatures and higher frequency natural disasters. Recently, though, researchers from the University of Leicester in England have set out to determine whether the reverse may be true: perhaps climate change can be exacerbated by extreme weather.
Their research will consist of monitoring emissions of greenhouse gases from peatlands in East Anglia (on the eastern coast of England) from a newly built station. Emissions from these peaty soils have never been directly measured and analyzed, but the theory certainly holds merit; peat can contain up to ten times more carbon than typical mineral soils, so disruption of this soil – from a natural disaster, perhaps – could mean higher carbon emissions.
Measurements for the study will be taken in greatly varying climate conditions to most accurately determine the effect of weather, in all its degrees, on greenhouse gas emissions. The study could reveal a dangerous cycle in which climate change and extreme weather conditions continue to influence each other and worsen, but the results remain to be seen.
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