High level climate scientists that make up the group AMEG, Arctic Methane Emergency Group, are now sounding the alarm that there is plenty of evidence
of runaway climate change and the main culprit is methane.
Here is a quote from the group's assessment:
Methane Outbreak Alert!
Could the World be in Imminent Danger and Nobody is Telling? Uniquely and fearlessly AMEG has studied key non-linear trends in the Earth-human
System and reached the stunning conclusion that the planet stands at the edge of abrupt and catastrophic climate change as a result of an
unprecedented rate of change in the Arctic.
This is an article with much of the same information I've already been sharing throughout numerous threads. The source is Dissident Voice and it was
From the article:
Methane (CH4) is over twenty times more powerful, over a 100-year period, per molecule, than is carbon dioxide (CO2). Or, put another way, methane
is more effectual than carbon dioxide at absorbing infrared radiation emitted from the earth’s surface and preventing it from escaping into space.
Methane, during its first few years upon entering the atmosphere, is 100 times as powerful as an equal weight of CO2.
As it happens, it appears excessive levels of methane are just now starting to seriously impact the Earth’s atmosphere… in a big way!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, as of February 2013, methane levels in the atmosphere are measured at 1,874 ppb (parts
per billion.) This level, in an historical context, is more than twice as high as any time since 400,000 years before the industrial revolution. In
the past, methane has ranged between 300-400 ppb during glacial periods and 600-700 ppb during warm interglacial periods.
As I've said before and I still say today, things are happening at an ever-increasing frequency and intensity and it continues today. More and more
sinkholes, explosions, disease outbreaks, sky noises, sonic booms and light flashes, fireballs, mysterious deaths and super-charged weather events
including blizzards and tornadoes. This summer, I predict, we'll see some pretty intense weather systems as we've already seen as far as snowfall
events for this winter. There were 26 winter storms that dropped over a foot of snow across the US. As I said a few months ago, with a warming
atmosphere there is more moisture in the air, which will produce more snow or rain in storms. We've definitely seen evidence of that.
More news from the article:
In 2012, expeditionary teams in the Arctic were shocked, and dismayed, to find methane bubbling up from deep ocean sites. “Previous observations
have pointed to large methane plumes being released from the seabed in the relatively shallow sea off the northern coast of Siberia, but the latest
findings were made far away from land in the deep, open ocean where the surface is usually capped by ice.”
Throughout this article, the author sites more evidence of rising methane levels and he provides his sources. This is an informative article.
Likewise, Russian scientists have spotted methane plumes/bubbles that are more than a kilometer in diameter coming to surface along the East
Siberian Arctic Shelf, which is the largest continental shelf in the world. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the sea over the shelf is shallow water,
less than 50 metres deep, and consequently more immediately exposed to warming trends.
“The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the head of the Russian research team who has been surveying the seabed of the East
Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years.”
Here's a brief descriptive of what's causing this:
The cause of this emerging outbreak of methane, as explained by AMEG, is a horrendous cycle that started 20-30 years ago when Atlantic and Pacific
Ocean currents, warmed by greenhouse gases, flowed into the Arctic Ocean. This extra heat into the Arctic Ocean causes declines in the sea ice, and it
increases temperatures. As it happens, the extra heat travels into shallow seas along the continental shelf and, over time, the warming also spreads
to the deep seabed, destabilizing methane hydrates and free gas trapped over millennia in the permafrost cap. As follows, methane that has been
trapped for millions upon millions of years is released into the atmosphere.
The article also states that methane quantities in the continental shelf are so huge that even 1% to 2% release of that methane could easily lead to
unstoppable runaway climate change that would be an extinction level event, and as I've already said, many signs indicate this is already happening.
Just check out this thread started a little earlier today www.abovetopsecret.com...
On a positive note, over the past four months that I've been following this, there are more and more news articles coming out about it and I think
people are starting to take notice. Also, there are many news articles coming out about governments and municipalities that are finding ways to
capture methane and use it for energy rather than let it release into the atmosphere, but we'd have a long way to go.