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The gasses and other various microbes that are trapped beneath permafrost in places like Russia and Sweden have been a growing concern for the climatology community. Now, according a study performed by scientists from Australia, Sweden, and the United states, there is a single microbe that plays a disturbingly large role in perpetuating climate change: Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis.

Could microbes be having a  greater effect on climate change than we originally considered?
Could microbes be having a greater effect on climate change than we originally considered?

This discovery will surely change the way we think about the climate, as it shifts our understanding of how gasses are released from these microbes when they are thawed from permafrost. Previously, scientists linked the release of carbon in the form of methane molecules to areas highly populated with these microbes, but were unsure of its particular role.

Now, scientists can make their predictions of how impactful these microbes are in terms of overall climate change based on…

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