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Surprising Source of Methane

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A surprising source of methane provides additional support for RTB’s creation model. Methane is the second-most important greenhouse gas behind carbon dioxide, in part because it requires far more energy to produce than carbon dioxide—especially when oxygen is present. However, a team of international scientists found that plants produce methane in oxygen-rich environments and may contribute up to one third of the methane that enters the atmosphere. While the production of methane would be an evolutionary disadvantage because of the additional energy requirement, it does provide another mechanism to stabilize the global climate from runaway heating or cooling. Such intricate interactions between biological and atmospheric mechanisms comport with a model positing that a supernatural Designer has maintained Earth as a habitat fit for life.

o   Quirin Schiermeier, “Methane Finding Baffles Scientists,” Nature 439 (2006): 128.


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