Dave Stancliff Study finds climate-changing methane 'rapidly destabilizing' off East Coast blogarama.com

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Study finds climate-changing methane 'rapidly destabilizing' off East Coast

      Good Day World!

The following story stunned me when I realized the magnitude of what the scientists are talking about.I don’t care what people want to call our changing earth’s issues, the fact of the matter is things are rapidly changing for the worse and we’re not helping matters spewing massive amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere.

“A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a global warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts.

Temperature changes in the Gulf Stream are "rapidly destabilizing methane hydrate along a broad swathe of the North American margin," the experts said in a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.

Using seismic records and ocean models, the team estimated that 2.5 gigatonnes of frozen methane hydrate are being destabilized and could separate into methane gas and water. It is not clear if that is happening yet, but that methane gas would have the potential to rise up through the ocean and into the atmosphere, where it would add to the greenhouse gases warming Earth.

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This is some scary stuff…

For thousands of years, permafrost has trapped Siberia's carbon-rich soil, a compost of Ice Age plant and animal remains.

But global warming is melting the permafrost and exposing the soil, causing highly flammable methane to seep out. NBC's Jim Maceda reports.

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Time for me to walk on down the road…

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