For the first two days after thawing, the melting ice released the methane that had been trapped within, but then the rate of emissions dropped significantly. That seems to be due to the fact that while some microbes in the soil went onto produce more methane, other microorganisms actually consumed the gas
4. The Opposition is Mighty. With major economic interests being challenged, opponents of addressing climate change are extremely well funded, well connected and willing to fight a fierce fight. The opposition has a knack for preying upon public fear and confusion; they realize that they don’t have to be right, just cause enough fuss to raise doubt.