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The Earth is farting.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 by billsimmon in fail, science, Video | 0 Comments

Let’s talk global climate change for a minute. The dangerous lack of critical thinking skills in the general populace coupled with our inherent skepticism of anyone with an “agenda” is killing us.

Recently an event was reported in the arctic ocean that could signal a worst-case-scenario of global warming. Specifically, scientists believe that the permafrost on the ocean’s floor is melting and releasing copious amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas 20 times more effective at cooking the Earth than Co2. This is something that climatologists have been warning us could happen and apparently it’s happening. If confirmed, this could mean that runaway global warming is now unstoppable. It’s an I-told-you-so moment for Al Gore, but I doubt he’s happy about it.

In the past few days, the researchers have seen areas of sea foaming with gas bubbling up through “methane chimneys” rising from the sea floor. They believe that the sub-sea layer of permafrost, which has acted like a “lid” to prevent the gas from escaping, has melted away to allow methane to rise from underground deposits formed before the last ice age.
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They have warned that this is likely to be linked with the rapid warming that the region has experienced in recent years.
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Methane is about 20 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and many scientists fear that its release could accelerate global warming in a giant positive feedback where more atmospheric methane causes higher temperatures, leading to further permafrost melting and the release of yet more methane.

Watch the video below for a quick lesson is the basic mechanics of global warming (it’s just about the best quick-study guide I’ve seen on the subject). When it gets to the speculation about tons and tons of methane being released from the ocean floor — that’s what’s just been discovered happening. We’re fucked, basically. I need to get a grip…


Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.

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