As you may have deduced from earlier blogs about global warming I don’t believe we’ll have time to worry about the gradual increase in temperatures leading to asphyxiation from carbon dioxide, world’s end will be due to a well-overdue Dansgaard Oescher event.
Reading the weekend press my theory is bolstered by the revelation that cataclysmic levels of methane hydrate will be released from warming seas, causing accelerated raising of air temperature and snowballing into increases of 7 to 10 degrees C over as little as one decade.
Perhaps this phenomenon has already happened as postulated in “Shadow of Extinction” by George Monbiot.
The Permian was one of the most biologically diverse periods in the earth’s history. Herbivorous reptiles the size of rhinos were hunted through forests of tree ferns and flowering trees by saber-toothed predators. At sea, massive coral reefs accumulated, among which lived great sharks, fish of all kinds and hundreds of species of shell creatures.
Then suddenly there is almost nothing. The fossil record very nearly stops dead. The reefs die instantly, and do not reappear on earth for 10 million years. All the large and medium-sized sharks disappear, most of the shell species, and even the great majority of the toughest and most numerous organisms in the sea, the plankton. Among many classes of marine animals, the only survivors were those adapted to the near-absence of oxygen.
So what happened? Some scientists have argued that the mass extinction was caused by a meteorite. But the evidence they put forward has been undermined by further studies. There is a more persuasive case for a different explanation. For many years, geologists have been aware that at some point during or after the Permian there was a series of gigantic volcanic eruptions in Siberia. The lava was dated properly for the first time in the early 1990s. We now know that the principal explosions took place 251 million years ago, precisely at the point at which life was almost extinguished.
The volcanoes produced two gases: sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide. The sulphur and other effusions caused acid rain, but would have bled from the atmosphere quite quickly. The carbon dioxide, on the other hand, would have persisted. By enhancing the greenhouse effect, it appears to have warmed the world sufficiently to have destabilized the super concentrated frozen gas called methane hydrate, locked in sediments around the polar seas. The release of methane into the atmosphere explains the sudden shift in carbon isotopes.
According to a US Naval research map it appears that most of the methane hydrate deposits are in the northern hemisphere (although it appears that the occupants of Jade stadium may have a problem).
Methane hydrate has been the cause of mysteries ranging from the Bermuda Triangle where;
Some say ships have gone into a zone where methane gas was upwelling and sunk them. Because the sea could not support vessel due to it’s high gas content. Methane gas plumes are also attributed to at least one plane disappearing, because it exploded when it entered the plume.
The ten meter high tsunami which recently devastated the north shore of Papua New Guinea is also attributed to a methane hydrate upwelling.
This, according to the bible bashers, appears to be just another confirmation that Jesus is coming soon.
Jesus said in the last days things happening in the seas that will trouble men (make them worry). “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity (that is without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn) at (the echo) the roaring of the tossing of the sea; Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the 1 powers of heavens will be shaken and caused to totter.” Luke 21:25-26 Amplified Bible.
Indeed, if the scientists can get their act together, the world may not have to “depend on nuclear power to halt global warming” . Over the past three decades, expeditions to polar regions and deep-water continental shelves all over the globe have consistently returned reports of methane hydrate.
Today, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that methane hydrate may, in fact, contain more organic carbon than all the world’s coal, oil, and non-hydrate natural gas combined. The magnitude of this previously unknown global storehouse of methane is truly staggering and has raised serious inquiry into the possibility of using methane hydrate as a source of energy.
Perhaps some money could be set aside for research into the sequestration and use of methane hydrate instead of complying with Kyoto protocols ?