Climate News of the Day – The Methane Monster Rears His Ugly Head and Folks, It Isn’t Pretty
by Reese Jones
THE CLATHRATE GUN WAS FIRED 7 YEARS AGO, BUT THAT SINGLE-BARRELED SHOTGUN HAS TRANSFORMED ITSELF INTO A GATLING GUN. METHANE RELEASE IS NOW OCCURRING AT UNPRECEDENTED RATES.
Dr. Guy McPherson presents us with rather devastating news … as he and other scientists have predicted, the current permafrost and deep sea ice melts are occurring rapidly in the upper reaches of our Northern hemisphere. This has caused accelerated clathrate decomposition, allowing for the unprecedented release of millennia-old methane hydrate gas.
Methane acts as a greenhouse gas with anywhere from 20 to 100 times the effect of CO2 at trapping heat within our atmosphere. Short-lived though it may be, methane’s average 7 year half-life gives it more than enough time to cause utter global, climactic chaos.
And, to top it off, there is also the threat of huge bubbles of methane gas suddenly bursting to the surface, causing global temperatures to spike over 1.6 degrees C virtually overnight. This would shoot us way past the 2 degree target limit set by the IPCC.
This could well be, the beginning of the end.
So … where’s the good news in all of this?
Well … you know all the things you’ve come to hate about life on Earth? Not to worry. They may all, well, just disappear. Poof! Along with everything else, of course.
Or, perhaps you’ve become increasingly irritated by the bumbling tomfoolery of your politicians, your neighbors, or perhaps your local grocer. Well! They may soon be tying their dusty, tattered coattails into a bundle and trundling themselves off to somewhere worse even than the place they were attempting to flee.
All right … in all seriousness … such news is disquieting, to say the least. Many of us may have had our sneaking little suspicions, but many of us did not, and are especially vulnerable emotionally.
This news is not meant to shock and dismay, even if it does that rather well. But rather, it was meant to give us a head’s up; the opportunity to ascend beyond our consumerism lifestyle, to perhaps reach down deep within ourselves and find that pure child we once were, capable of living in this instant, neither worrying about something we can do nothing about, nor changing something that is unchangeable.
There is still time. Every little thing we do, every loving little attitude we can muster, helps us, and helps others around us, to live well despite all our troubles.
Humans have always dealt with the specter of atrocious tidings, ever omnipresent at the door. There is hardly a generation that didn’t live with devastation around the corner one way or another, or perhaps, living a life of utter boredom, filled with spiritual and moral decay. For those who had a good life in the past, it was often very short.
So, let us bathe each other with all the affections and kindnesses we can muster. Let us find ways to be good to the living creatures around us, so innocent, yet so tragically subject to our machinations and our cruelties.
We get to live in this most interesting time in our human history. We get to see the fulmination of all our foibles and all our dreams, as well as our nightmares. We may likely get to see the End Times all the prophets of yesteryear have spoken of … so highly.
THINK about it … we are pieces of the Universe; collections of a mysterious, fleshly, self-actualizing dust that manifested the Universe’s ability to CONTEMPLATE ITSELF. If that isn’t utterly magnificent, well I don’t know what is.
ONE more thing — when all gets too hard to bear, think love. Truly … think LOVE. Just the Word. What’s in a word? More than one might imagine.
Assuming a comparable descent through worsening levels of difficulties and chaos, is NTHE “better” or “worse” in 2035 versus 2050 versus 2100?
As Guy points out in his presentations, the climate news gets more dire as the years go by, and computers get more powerful and scientific predictions about the climate get more dire. With this in mind, could the prediction of NTHE starting around 2030 get updated to begin even sooner than that?
Last night’s radio show is linked here. It features an interview with two representatives from Deep Green Resistance, brief segments on breaking hopium with Lindsay Morrison and Forrest Palmer, news beyond the mainstream, Doomer of the Week, and an updated forecast about this year’s El Niño.
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