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First Sign of Methane Outgassing from Arctic Ocean

Scientists from the University of Stockholm have detected gigantic methane plumes escaping from the sea floor of the Laptev continental slope. It is believed that this is due to the melting of methane hydrates that have been frozen on the floor of the ocean. They are now melting and releasing the gas because the Arctic Ocean, along with the rest...
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Weekender: Scientists Predict Mass Extinction In 30 Years - How Can We Change This Outcome?

Mass extinctions have happened periodically throughout Earth's history for a variety of different reasons, with the usual culprits being either asteroid hits or climate change. The Eocene extinction was originally thought to have been caused by climate induced issues, but recent evidence has suggested that the changes in the weather occurred due...
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Scientists Explore Unexpected Cause of Greenhouse Gas Pollution


The sound of running water has long been associated with positive health benefits, and the appealing sound of a babbling brook can be found on many recordings intended to aid relaxation and induce sleep. No countryside picnic is complete without the sweet singing of a shallow stream somewhere nearby, and water features that emulate the...
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Unprecedented Hole Appears in Polar Ice

The thinning of the north polar cap has been a concern of scientists for years, but this summer it appears that the ice is thinning fastest at its center, right around the pole itself. This is unexpected and unprecedented and could lead to an ice-free arctic much sooner than expected. Most scientists did not expect such an event to take place for...
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Fire in the Lake

Methane is bubbling out of the bottoms of Arctic lakes, to the extent that, if you put a match to the surface of one of them, they catch on FIRE.

Some of it seems to be coming--not from the bottom mud--but from deeper geologic reservoirs that contain hundreds of times more methane than is in the atmosphere now. Due to...
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Methane is the Tipping Point

Permafrost is thawing all over the planet, and this releases the powerful greenhouse gas methane. Permafrost covers nearly a quarter of the northern hemisphere and may contain as much as 1,700 gigatons of carbon, which is twice the amount that is currently in the atmosphere. As it thaws, it could push global warming past one of the key...
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Have We Arrived at a Turning Point in Climate Change?

In 1999 Whitley Strieber and Art Bell predicted that events like this were going to happen if we ignored the reality of climate change. A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast ...
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Watch Out: Methane Coming

The Antarctic Ice Sheet may be a major source of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Old organic matter frozen beneath it may have been converted to methane by micro-organisms living there under oxygen-deprived conditions, and as the ice melts, the methane will be released.

Planetary scientist Slawek Tulaczyk says, "It is easy to...
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Methane Outgassing in the Arctic

The Master of the Key said in 1998: "You will see the demon revealed in those who refuse to acknowledge the signs. Remember that there is within you a powerful death-urge. But remember also, that...
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Not So Clean After All

Deep water oil drilling rigs may not be causing obvious leaks (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), but they are leaking dangerous methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane has 25...
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Is This the Beginning of the End?

It's happened: Methane, previously trapped in the ocean floors, is out gassing into the atmosphere at an ...
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Could a Sudden Massive Methane Release Happen Again?

We're still releasing the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere today, but there was a massive release in the past: About 55 million years ago, the Earth burped up a massive release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere--an amount equivalent to burning...
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Can Biodegradable be BAD?

Research shows that so-called biodegradable products are actually doing more harm than good in landfills, because they are releasing a powerful greenhouse gas as they break down. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines call for products marked as “biodegradable” to decompose within "a reasonably short period of time" after...
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Will Methane Outgassing Start This Summer?

Methane is one of the most highly potent greenhouse gases--25-33 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. For reasons we don't yet understand, occasionally huge amounts of methane are outgassed from places where they are stored on Earth (such as peat bogs and permafrost) and on the ocean floor, ...
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Will Fracking Save Us or Shake Us?

What is "fracking?" It's removing natural gas from the ground--and there is LOTS of it right here in the US, so if we produce cars that run on natural gas (as lots of trucks do already), then we can solve our oil dependency problems. HOWEVER, fracking uses LOTS...
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What Can We Do to Reduce Cow Farts?

Wetlands, permafrost, termites, oceans and freshwater are all natural sources of the potent greenhouse gas methane. However, the majority of the methane that is changing our climate is caused by human-related activities such as fossil fuel production, biomass burning, waste management and...
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Gas Free Cows

Cow belches and farts are a major source of greenhouse gases that affect climate change even more than vehicle emissions. A new type of cattle feed that is supplemented with oregano, developed by a dairy scientist, could help reduce cow gas emissions by 40%. It also improves milk production.

PhysOrg.com quotes its inventor, Alexander...

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It Keeps Happening

But we don't know why - We don't know why it happened before but it seems to be happening again: Huge quantities of methane below the Arctic seabed are showing signs of leaking out into the atmosphere, which would be the tipping point for climate change.

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Invisible Methane Leaks

Major cause of global warming - Infrared cameras have revealed major methane leaks in gas wells in eastern Texas. In the October 15th editions of the New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin and Clifford Krauss quote environmentalist Terry Gosney, who took the infrared photos, as saying, "Holy smoke, it's blowing like mad. It does look...

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Leaks!

The dangerous greenhouse gas methane is leaking, bubbling up from the bottoms of oceans and lakes around the world. Two places this is happening is in lakes in Washington State and Canada. Canadian researcher Rob Bowen says a tossed match would set the surface of these lakes on fire because "It's essentially pure methane."

Permafrost,...

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Only a Matter of Time

The methane frozen in the ocean floor is a global warming time bomb. There may have been small leaks before, but now scientists say melting Arctic glaciers are releasing huge amounts of this potent gas into the atmosphere.

In BBC News, Judith Burns quotes researcher Tim Minshull as saying, "We already knew there was some methane hydrate...

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Another Strange Smell

...but somehow familiar - Something that not everyone knows is that an odor of rotten eggs can signal a sudden outsourcing of methane gas, due to global warming. Well, that smell has been in the St. Louis area recently.

Authorities say that it's not dangerous and it?s NOT a natural gas leak. In the January 26th edition...

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Methane Time Bomb

Researchers have discovered that millions of tons of methane (a gas that is 20 times worse than CO2 when it comes to global warming) are being released into the atmosphere RIGHT NOW as the permafrost melts in the Arctic.

In the Tuesday, September 23 edition of the Independent, Steve Connor writes, "Underground stores of methane are...

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Cow Control

In the US, bovine growth hormone has been used to increase milk yields for 15 years, and many consumers are starting to reject hormone-treated milk in favor of organic. But dairy farmers point out that when cows make more milk, fewer cows are needed, thus reducing a major impact on global warming.

Researchers have discovered that,...

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Vast Cracks

The level of methane?one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases?rose last year, after being stable for a decade, and researchers now think these emissions are coming from wetlands around the melting Arctic region. A Canadian expedition to the Arctic has found "vast cracks," stretching for over 10 miles, in the ice cap there.

In BBC News...

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Cow Power

We've written before about how cow farts may be one of the major causes of global warming. Now researchers may have developed a true bovine battery.

No, we won't be propelling our cars of the future on gases derived from the rear ends of cows. Cows have 4 compartments in their stomachs. that the fluid in the largest compartment, the one...

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Small Solution to a BIG Problem

Scientists know that in the distant past, huge amounts of methane were somehow released from the ocean floor, which lead to an extreme case of global warming. Could this happen again? If it does, we may be able to use a newly-discovered sea creature to mop up the methane.

In New Scientist, Catherine Brahic writes about the discovery of...

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Global Warming Methane Catastrophe Likely

Recently, New York City was disturbed and mystified by the strong odor of hydrogen sulfide. No serious effort was made to identify its source and the media dropped the story in a day. We identified the smell as possibly coming from a release of the methane which is stored on the ocean floor?a major sign of global warming. Now there are signs...

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New York Gas Smell May be Linked to Global Warming

On January 8, a powerful odor of escaping gas blanketed much of southern New Jersey and New York. It was strong enough to cause buildings to be shut down, and for all emergency services in the area to be swamped with 911 calls. It may have been a phenomenon linked to global warming.

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Cow Emissions Warming the World

Trials carried out by New Zealand scientists have shown that changing pastures can directly reduce the emissions of methane - a potent greenhouse gas - from sheep and cattle. The researchers say it all depends on tannins, which are the yellow-brown chemicals found in many plants.

Scientists at New Zealand's agricultural research...

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