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Methane - not good!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thawing Arctic Could Set Off Methane Climate Bomb
Climate scientists meeting this week in Vienna are contemplating a terrible prospect—the release of billions of tons of methane gas from the Arctic Ocean, Der Spiegel reports. Methane, 20 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, lies frozen in gas hydrates on the ocean floor, but rising global temperatures are loosening the ice’s grip.
Research has confirmed both that the methane-containing permafrost is warmer than it should be, and that water and air above the deposits are unusually saturated with methane. If released, the 540 billion tons of methane in the Arctic could drastically speed global warming, but, explains a researcher, "no one can say right now whether that will take years, decades or hundreds of years."
Wonder what Rush and the global warming debunkers will say about this? How much more of the story do we need until we start making some changes to - not so much to save the Earth - but to save our asses?

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