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‘We’re f*****': Climate Change Will Be Catastrophic for Mankind

By Eowyn @DrEowyn
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Daily Mail: The planet is “f**ked” after scientists found huge plumes of deadly methane escaping from the seafloor. This is according to Dr. Jason Box who claims that methane will be the main driver of climate change if it escapes into the atmosphere.

He said: “If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re f’d.”

The scientist, based at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, tweeted the provocative statement after a Swedish study found methane leaking beneath the Arctic. Some of this methane – which is over 20 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat – is now making it to the ocean’s surface.

The leaking gas from the seafloor may have its origins in collapsing clusters of methane trapped in frozen water due to high pressure and low temperature. Scientists at Stockholm University called the discovery ‘somewhat of a surprise,’ which, according to Dr. Box, is an understatement.

“We’re on a trajectory to an unmanageable heating scenario, and we need to get off it,” Dr. Box told Brian Merchant at Motherboard. “We’re f**ked at a certain point, right? It just becomes unmanageable. The climate dragon is being poked, and eventually the dragon becomes pissed off enough to trash the place.”

The conventional thought is that the bubbles would be dissolved before they reached the surface and that microorganisms would consume that methane.

But Dr. Box said if the plumes are making it to the surface, there’s a new source of heat-trapping gases that the planet needs to worry about. This, he claims, is particularly disturbing because the Arctic is warming faster than nearly anywhere else on Earth.

His comments follow research in May which found that freshwater sources may be an unrealized source of methane. Unlike carbon dioxide, which is highly soluble in water, methane exists in two forms in these freshwater sources: as a dissolved gas and encapsulated in bubbles that rise from sediments. And this methane can lead to ozone production and levels of the gas in the atmosphere are 150 percent higher than they were before the industrial revolution in the U.S.

It is already known that in the melting regions of the Arctic where lakes, known as thermokarsts, which are lakes that break down plant material into methane. This methane can then escape out of the lake and once lit, could set ice on fire.

The melting ice can also lead to “drunken trees” as the firm soil slowly transforms into mud causing the plants that grow in them to lean to one side.

“I may escape a lot of this,” Dr. Box told Motherboard, “but my daughter might not. She’s three years old.”

Or, and if you live in Colorado, you’d better leave, stat!

Box, who hails from Colorado, relocated to Denmark in part to escape the impending impacts of climate change. “Droughts are going to be a problem for the interior states,” he said. “I’m a bit of climate refugee.” Because the Arctic methane plumes, of course, are just another worrying source of a global phenomenon that is rapidly approaching the brink of irreversibility.”

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