Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Hydrate Hypothesis and Runaway Global Warming

Current research and public sentiment has finally put the global warming ‘debate’ to rest. Global Warming is a modern plague of FACT not of discussion. The lie that the issue was even up for debate was born of propaganda created by Big Business in the 1990s. While all decision makers today agree that huge consequences are in our future, the jury is still out about what form they will take and why.

A brand-spanking-new hypothesis has arrived on the scene with a dismal outcome and a very serious warning. Many outspoken activists – Al Gore being perhaps the most famous – are calling for the world to wake up and take immediate measures to slow and reverse global warming. One reason why a change is so important NOW, is not only because we need to stop our evil ways, but because if global warming is not held in check soon, it may be completely out of our control to stop at all.

This phenomenon is dubbed Runaway Global Warming – where natural forces have been altered so much that even if human factors were diminished or reversed, the natural cycle that has been created would keep the temperatures rising.

The newest theory behind Runaway Warming is the ‘hydrate hypothesis’. We warn that this theory is merely weeks old and has not gone through rigorous testing as of yet, but the consequences it foresees are so dire, one must contemplate its possibility.

The ‘hydrate hypothesis’ works like one dismal feedback loop. In the arctic Northern Hemisphere, great stretches of permafrost (that’s soil and organic material kept frozen by arctic temperatures) exist that contain billions of tons of semi-decomposed organic material, water, gases, and organisms. These reserves of frozen material, called hydrates, house greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. If these layers of permafrost were to defrost (as they have already begun to do in Alaska and western Siberia), vast majorities, perhaps 100s of billions of tons, of methane gas (which is 20 times as strong as CO2) would be released into the atmosphere, further intensifying the warming process.

It gets worse. The methane that is released by slowly melting permafrost will exasperate the cycle by raising local temperatures, thereby hastening the defrosting process.

It gets even worse. As the permafrost thaws, not only does methane get released, but all the organic material that was frozen will become active again. This huge amount of material, such as the peat bogs of Siberia, is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. As the bacteria digest the rich material, they further give off more greenhouse gases as a byproduct into the atmosphere.

It gets much, much worse. Methane has a very short lifespan in the atmosphere. Most decomposes in about ten years, mixing with oxygen and turning into even larger amounts of carbon dioxide, which lasts for tens of thousands of years. However, just like many chemical reactions, this oxidation gives off energy in the form of heat. Not only will we have to contend with the heat pouring in from solar sources, but we will actually be cooking ourselves within our own atmosphere.

The consequences of this cycle are endless. Loss of crops, melting ice caps, increased temperatures, more dramatic weather, droughts, and famine, just to name a few. These will lead directly to starvation, disease, and war. And it could happen in the next quarter century.

The real warning that the hypothesis offers is this: Once we reach a certain point in the cycle, there is no technology, no amount of commitment, no government regulation that can turn back the clock.

The time is now. Find out how to make your life emissions free and other ways to actively fight against the ultimate crisis of mankind at ClimateCrisis.net.

VS

1 Comments:

Blogger Meg & Tom said...

Gore mentions the Siberian peat bog in the update special feature on the DVD of An Inconvenient Truth.

He also updates us on some other problems. I posted a summary here on glacial earthquakes, permafrost & hurricanes

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