Methane Saga Beginning?
I know it’s better to stick with positive visions for the future, but this might just be another heads up.
(So why not start with a positive? I’ll state again that the solution to climate change is literally under our noses – when we eat. Eating plant-based (vegetarian) food we can solve the majority of the problem. We can revegetate and reforest most of the 30% of the Earth’s ice free surface used for livestock, thus absorbing the C02. We can eliminate the methane and related c02 from livestock… even use less energy in hospitals due to decreased illnesses of all types, especially cancer, heart disease, diabetes (the three main causes of hospitalisation and death in Australia and the US). The following benefits to the vegetarian lifestyle will create a heaven on Earth. Scroll down to the footer and watch “My Inspiration”.)
So, onto the main subject. Scientists in the field and in the labs are discovering a problem, one that they have been praying would not occur. The release of the world’s frozen methane deposits: decaying plant matter from before the last ice age, that is frozen in the permafrosts around the arctic, and the oceans around the world.
To summarise, atmospheric methane concentration, stable for 8 years, is on the rise. This coincides with the observation of that oceanic methane is 10,000 times higher than normal in the east Siberian sea, and the observance of “whole fields of methane bubbles” rising from the floor to the surface in massive columns, and decaying permafrost around the arctic.
Have a read yourself from these two informative pieces:
The Independent: Exclusive: The Methane Time Bomb