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Chaz 2010/05/19 12:54:28
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Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012

Hydrate hypothesis illuminates growing climate change alarm

Compiled by John Stokes

A recent scientific theory called the "hydrate hypothesis" says that historical global warming cycles have been caused by a feedback loop, where melting permafrost methane clathrates (also known as "hydrates") spur local global warming, leading to further melting of clathrates and bacterial growth.

In other words, like western Siberia, the 400 billion tons of methane in permafrost hydrate will gradually melt, and the released methane will speed the melting. The effect of even a couple of billion tons of methane being emitted into the atmosphere each year would be catastrophic.

The "hydrate hypothesis" (if validated) spells the rapid onset of runaway catastrophic global warming. In fact, you should remember this moment when you learned about this feedback loop-it is an existencial turning point in your life.

By the way, the "hydrate hypothesis" is a weeks old scientific theory, and is only now being discussed by global warming scientists. I suggest you Google the term.

Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing the Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to when we will pass the tipping point and be helpless to stop the runaway Global Warming.

There are enormous quantities of methane trapped in permafrost and under the oceans in ice-like structures called clathrates. The methane in Arctic permafrost clathrates is estimated at 400 billion tons.

Methane is more than 20 times as strong a greenhouse gas as CO2, and the atmosphere currently contains about 3.5 billion tons of the gas.

The highest temperature increase from global warming is occurring in the arctic regions-an area rich in these unstable clathrates. Simulations from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) show that over half the permafrost will thaw by 2050, and as much as 90 percent by 2100.

Peat deposits may be a comparable methane source to melting permafrost. When peat that has been frozen for thousands of years thaws, it still contains viable populations of bacteria that begin to convert the peat into methane and CO2.

Western Siberia is heating up faster than anywhere else in the world, having experienced a rise of some 3C in the past 40 years. The west Siberian peat bog could hold some 70 billion tonnes of methane. Local atmospheric levels of methane on the Siberian shelf are now 25 times higher than global concentrations.

By the way, warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons have caused microbial activity to increase dramatically in the soil around the world. This, in turn, means that much of the carbon long stored in the soil is now being released into the atmosphere.

Releases of methane from melting oceanic clathrates have caused severe environmental impacts in the past. The methane in oceanic clathrates has been estimated at 10,000 billion tons.

55 million years ago a global warming chain reaction (probably started by volcanic activity) melted oceanic clathrates. It was one of the most rapid and extreme global warming events in geologic history.

Humans appear to be capable of emitting CO2 in quantities comparable to the volcanic activity that started these chain reactions. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, burning fossil fuels releases more than 150 times the amount of CO2 emitted by volcanoes.

Methane in the atmosphere does not remain long, persisting for about 10 years before being oxidized to CO2 (a greenhouse gas that lasts for hundreds of thousands of years). Chronic methane releases oxidizing into CO2 contribute as much to warming as does the transient methane concentrations.

To summarize, human activity is causing the Earth to warm. Bacteria converts carbon in the soil into greenhouse gasses, and enormous quantities are trapped in unstable clathrates. As the earth continues to warm, permafrost clathrates will thaw; peat and soil microbial activity will dramatically increase; and, finally, vast oceanic clathrates will melt. This global warming chain reaction has happened in the past.

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 rose by a record amount over the past year. It is the third successive year in which they have increased sharply. Scientists are at a loss to explain why the rapid rise has taken place, but fear the trend could be the first sign of runaway global warming.

Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth's remaining resources.

Over 4.5 billion people could die from Global Warming related causes by 2012, as planet Earth accelarates into a greed-driven horrific catastrophe.

Bibliographic reference courtesy of Brad Arnold who has an extensive resrarch background on Global Warming.

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  • BienvenuJDC 2010/05/19 23:11:06
    What a bunch of loons
    BienvenuJDC
    +7
    Haven't we heard this song and dance before? How many times are they going to call for Armageddon?

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  • JDLogan 2010/06/13 16:11:09
    What a bunch of loons
    JDLogan
    +1
    4.5 billion of our current 6.7 billion? We'll be burying them with bulldozers! On the flip side, we will finally be at a (possibly) sustainable population.
  • Darkitec 2010/06/03 20:29:37
    What a bunch of loons
    Darkitec
    +1
    Good, Perhaps we'll start by letting the 30% of Americans that are Illiterate die, then work our way to the socialists, (oops one and the same) then the liberal tax and spenders, (oops still more of the same) and the environmental wackos (still the same)
    Wow this sounds like it's a good thing to me.
  • GINGERBREAD 2010/05/23 17:07:42
    What a bunch of loons
    GINGERBREAD
    +1
    Not only that, on some certain date in 2012, all the cattle, elephants and all the wild creatures will fart at the same time, and cover the earth with toxic methane. We are all going to die. In order to prevent this catastrophe from happening, we must kill all, all of the cattle, elephants and all the wild creatures before they decide to do this in unison.
  • johnnyg 2010/05/23 01:47:34
    We are all gonna die
    johnnyg
    +1
    We are all gonna die!!! sooner or later anyway.The earth has been hotter than it is now. And the earth has been colder than it is now. We have heating and cooling, so it dosen't make a difference. Wanna buy some carbon credits??
  • GINGERB... johnnyg 2010/05/25 12:37:27
    GINGERBREAD
    +1
    It's the new religion? Didn't you know that. And every one that says anything different will be burned at the stake for being a heretic.
  • voice_matters 2010/05/21 20:56:09
    Undecided
    voice_matters
    As of today how many people have died from global warming?
  • Molly 2010/05/20 22:12:54
    What a bunch of loons
    Molly
    +2
    this is such a boring subject, do you think people die from, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, why should their so called GW be any different. It is all just a global government ponzi scheme.
  • USAF Vet Dan 2010/05/20 16:23:08
    What a bunch of loons
    USAF Vet Dan
    +1
    The sad thing is, more people will suffer and die BECAUSE of the US and global AGW legislation... by design. http://www.sodahead.com/unite...
  • kmay 2010/05/20 14:41:44
    What a bunch of loons
    kmay
    +1
    Utter nonsense!
  • Arizona1950 2010/05/20 12:59:31
    Undecided
    Arizona1950
    +1
    Annual births have levelled at about 134 million per year since their peak at 163 million in the late 1990s and are expected to remain constant.

    Deaths are around 57 million per year, and are expected to increase to 90 million by 2050. Because births outnumber deaths, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion between 2040 and 2050.
    http://www.ask.com/wiki/World...

    Looks to me like the human race has no worries of disappearing anytime soon as least not by global warming. What we maybe should be looking at where is the population is increasing the fastest.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • Diane 2010/05/20 12:51:36
    Undecided
    Diane
    +1
    How many people got the mercury laden H1N1 vaccine?
  • johnnyg Diane 2010/05/23 01:49:12
    johnnyg
    That should get rid of a few!!
  • Mordecai Jones 2010/05/20 12:24:01 (edited)
    Undecided
    Mordecai Jones
    +1
    It is an indisputable fact that 4.5 billion humans are going to die. There is no possibility of escaping that fact.

    85 million people will die this year as a result of living and by the time that The Obama is gone is 2012 another 170 million will be dead. You cannot escape the unintended consequences of living.

    The only issue is what they are going to die from and who is going get to say "I told you they were going to die!"
  • irish 2010/05/20 12:03:07
    We are all gonna die
    irish
    +1
    gonna die
    okay,we will all die some day! the scam is over and done with! the noaa is claiming the first 4 months of this year were the warmest on record! sure they were! die okaywe die scam noaa claiming 4 year warmest record
  • johnnyg irish 2010/05/23 01:50:36
  • johnnyg johnnyg 2010/05/23 01:51:36
    johnnyg
    A picture of Michigans Upper Peninsula.
  • irish johnnyg 2010/05/23 10:07:21
    irish
    +1
    looks too hot to me! damn that global warming!LOL
  • Philadelphia Freedom 2010/05/20 11:13:59
    What a bunch of loons
    Philadelphia Freedom
    +1
    Ok next to Joe Biden Al Gore has to be the dumbest VP we have ever had and you want to belve what he says ,
    damn now i know how this Country got the way it is now .
  • Isma'ila (God has heard)! 2010/05/20 05:40:27
    What a bunch of loons
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +2
    There is no climate change!
  • USAF Ve... Isma'il... 2010/05/20 16:25:05 (edited)
    USAF Vet Dan
    +2
    At least not the man-made variety! I wonder if they'll try to regulate (or even outlaw) the sun?
  • Isma'il... USAF Ve... 2010/05/20 23:58:37
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +2
    They probably will.
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2010/05/20 05:24:43
    What a bunch of loons
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    With all due respect, Chaz, this is a hoax. What do you think of the email scandal uncovered involving the British scientists discussing the very hoax of global warming?

    How about Al Gore buying a beachside home in California for $9 million just recently? If Inconvenient Truth Gore really believed his dribble, do you think he'd have spent $9 mill on a place that will become mini Atlantis? He's revealing his own hypocrisy. :)
  • Chaz Purple ... 2010/05/20 11:47:52
    Chaz
    +3
    i agree, just another way the left wants to control another part of our lives.
  • GINGERB... Purple ... 2010/05/27 14:48:36
    GINGERBREAD
    +1
    Yep, this is the biggest HOAX ever been perpetrated on all of humanity. I'm older than you so I can tell you that in the 70's and 80' these same people were crying and beating their breast because the world was going in to a mini ICE AGE. They couldn't sell that, so they went the other way. Just follow the money.
  • LawMan5150 2010/05/20 05:09:57
    What a bunch of loons
    LawMan5150
    +3
    I guess I'd better sell everything and send the money to Al Gore so he can buy another 14 millions dollar mansion.
  • deewillyfree 2010/05/20 03:46:12
    What a bunch of loons
    deewillyfree
    +3
    Alot of the world is under the spell of leftist eco-voodoo.

    Zombie-drones ... wound up and steered by AlGorean snake-oil salesmen operating for the profit and control of UN sanctioned Marxists and their crony industrialistas. I almost want the war to get going .... this tension is unhealthy.
  • Purple ... deewill... 2010/05/20 05:26:00
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Yep. Don't forget those Cap and Trade futures, er...carbon credits.
  • Radlad 2010/05/20 03:42:49
    Undecided
    Radlad
    +1
    No I do not agree global warming is a hoax a con job where a few will become extremely rich at the cost of all us serfs.......
  • deewill... Radlad 2010/05/20 04:01:05
  • TruBluTopaz 2010/05/20 03:39:49
    What a bunch of loons
    TruBluTopaz
    +4
    Most scientists do NOT agree on anything but that the scientific method was spit upon by the IPCC. They "lost" their original data, which incidentally just does not happen in a quality research project, and then refused to allow peer review. You are saying that the equivelent of China will die by 2012. Well how many will die just of natural causes? Plus do you have any ability at all to predict earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or tsumanis, none of which are caused by anything manmade and which have had a far more critical impact on air quality than a hundred years of automobiles?
  • Andrew ~ PWCM 2010/05/20 03:14:13 (edited)
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2010/05/20 03:09:06
    What a bunch of loons
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +4
    What a bunch of BS!!!
  • Ginnypoo 2010/05/20 02:48:47
    What a bunch of loons
    Ginnypoo
    +5
    Couple years ago it was cow farts.............this is at least semi-not-stupid. I'm moving to Al's house, Dennis Miller is around the corner, so you know it will be fun, we can invite Dennis over and he can explain to Al what a douche hole he really is for trying to bilk the American people for his own gain.
  • Bo 2010/05/20 00:43:52 (edited)
    What a bunch of loons
    Bo
    +5
    Global warming is a myth, here's some global warming I saw in my yard.
    bunch loons global warming myth global warming
  • Andrew ... Bo 2010/05/20 03:24:45
  • 1oct1 "Marko" 2010/05/20 00:37:19
    We are all gonna die
    1oct1 "Marko"
    +3
    Yup, were all gonna die from global warming. All that dryness has caused the rivers in my area to overflow there banks and make construction almost impossible. The farmers in the area are having a tough time with global warming also. It's been so warm they can't plant there crops cause there tractors keep getting stuck in the mud or there fields are submerged in water.
    The problem is no one can find this global warming character. So if you see this global warming menace please contact Al Gore and let him know where you seen it.
  • Andrew ... 1oct1 "... 2010/05/20 03:22:49
    Andrew ~ PWCM
    +2
    I saw it,
  • rightside 2010/05/19 23:17:08
    What a bunch of loons
    rightside
    +5
    I've read how the END comes. I'll believe God over any body else.
    They are all just a bunch of 'chicken little's'
    The sky is constantly falling! Oh My!
  • Pegasis 2010/05/19 23:14:16
    What a bunch of loons
    Pegasis
    +4
    Idiots!
  • BienvenuJDC 2010/05/19 23:11:06
    What a bunch of loons
    BienvenuJDC
    +7
    Haven't we heard this song and dance before? How many times are they going to call for Armageddon?

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