A National Geographic newsletter on January 1, 2020 dealt with methane clathrates (hydrates) about which I wrote in “Holy Fire.” Here’s what they had to say.
“… according to a recent Nat Geo report from writer Todd Woody. Around the world, scientists are finding reservoirs of frozen CO2 and methane on the seafloor … and as oceans warm, those icy deposits are on the brink of melting. “If that hydrate becomes unstable, in fact melts, that enormous volume of CO2 will be released to the ocean and eventually the atmosphere,” says USC paleoceanographer Lowell Stott.”
Could the release of even a portion of the methane and CO2 frozen at the bottom of the ocean lead to a positive feedback and cause the atmosphere to tip and global temperatures to rise enough to kill us all? There’s no way to know. And the problem of climate change is so big, there’s so sense in trying to solve it, right?
As I wrote in “Holy Fire,” “God gave Noah the rainbow sign; no more water, fire next time.”
Want to know more? Google “national geographic hydrates” for articles about these stored greenhouse gasses and about those who would tap them, release the methane (which is natural gas), and sell it to feed the voracious energy appetite of our so-called civilization.
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