Our central objective was to investigate the apparent rise in methane emissions and whether or not they are having a negative effect on the environment. By themselves, methane emissions are natural and self-regulating (and thus do not cause damage to the atmosphere), but our thesis is that a build up of methane emissions as a result of increased human activity/negligence poses a threat to the environment, and needs to be addressed in the quest to live sustainably. In our research, we chose to focus specifically on one source of methane emissions: permafrost, both because there is a significant amount of methane present in permafrost, and also because the rate of emissions is heavily susceptible to changes in temperature.
Maza, JB; Rodewald, Laurel; and Thurmond, Ashley, "What You Can Do About the Negative Effects of Methane" (2014). Pepperdine University, All Undergraduate Student Research. Paper 103.