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Arctic Sea Cooks Methane. You Should Be Extremely Alarmed

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In one of the smallest oceans of the world, methane is found. Researchers have measured high methane in the air and underwater in the Arctic Ocean. The so-called methane bubbles rise out of the mud beneath the surface of the water.

Arctic Sea Cooks Methane

Methane is a hydrocarbon and the main component of natural gas. This greenhouse gas is produced by bacteria and can be found on, for example, farms (The gas is formed by the bacteria in the cow's fore-stomachs when digesting food), oil fields,marshlands, and so it seems: in the arctic sea. We must add that methane is 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide to raise the temperature in the air, which may cause a terrible effect on the climate.

Recommended: Climate Change: Antarctica Is Melting Says NASA

Methane bubbles

Is methane gas harmful to humans?
Methane gas is relatively non-toxic; it does not have an OSHA PEL Standard. Its health effects are associated with being a simple asphyxiant displacing oxygen in the lungs. Methane is extremely flammable and can explode at concentrations between 5% (lower explosive limit) and 15% (upper explosive limit).

Thawing Permafrost Releases Methane

Did you know that tons of methane are frozen in the permafrost mud and stored at the bottom of the ocean? When permafrost is getting warmer and thaws, methane will be released in the air. The Arctic Report Card 2019, a federal study, claims that thawing permafrost across the Arctic could lead to the release of an estimated 300-600 million tons of net carbon per year into the atmosphere.

Why is methane gas bad?
The main impact of methane is on a global scale, as a greenhouse gas. Although levels of methane in the environment are relatively low, its high ‘global warming potential’ (21 times that of carbon dioxide) ranks it amongst the worst of the greenhouse gases.

3 people test permafrost

This phenomenon is known to some people as a "methane bomb". They think that if and when this potent greenhouse gas is released, the atmosphere will warm up quickly. The heat will also release more methane. Carolyn Ruppel of the USGS (United States Geological Survey) thinks it probably will not happen overnight.


                                             Arctic Sea Cooks Methane. You Should Be Extremely Alarmed
                                    Methane: The Arctic's hidden climate threat : Natalia Shakhova's latest paper

Even if there would not be a 'methane bomb', we need to worry about the permafrost methane. There is so much methane available, and it can heat up quickly, it still could be a threat over a while. We need to decarbonize the air now before it is too late.

Recommended: Climate Change Efforts On Reducing CO2 Why Not Recycle It?

Ted Schuur wrote in the 2019 Arctic Report Card that at the bottom of the northern permafrost regions have a lot more organic carbon than we can find in the atmosphere right now. But this organic carbon soil is climate-sensitive, and because of global warming, this could turn quickly.

What produces the most methane on Earth?
Most methane emissions come, directly or indirectly, from humans. Some methane is natural it's released by decaying vegetation and by the bacteria in wetlands and swamps. But most sources of methane are of human origin livestock and farming, decay in landfills, leakage from the oil and gas industry.

Graph, methane, storage, release

Anthropogenic Emissions

Recent research has shown that greenhouse gases increase. This is partly due to natural sources, but also human activities. In another report, published in Nature, November 2019, you can read that in addition to methane, even large numbers of CO2 are being emitted, because of warming from northernmost polar soils. There will likely be more emissions in the future.

Methane bubbles

And anthropogenic methane emissions do not even include the trillions of metric tons of permafrost methane liberated by global warming. We need to reduce the rate of methane to slow down global warming. The Netherlands is one of the countries that agreed in the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The US, on the other hand, has not shown the determination to soften anything.

What can you do to help a little?

  • Choose green power
  • Eat less meat
  • Insulate your house 
  • Do not waste food
  • Leave your car at home and take the bike

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Arctic Sea Cooks Methane. You Should Be Extremely Alarmed

In one of the smallest oceans of the world, methane is found. Researchers have measured high methane in the air and underwater in the Arctic Ocean. The so-called methane bubbles rise out of the mud beneath the surface of the water. Arctic Sea Cooks Methane Methane is a hydrocarbon and the main component of natural gas. This greenhouse gas is produced by bacteria and can be found on, for example, farms (The gas is formed by the bacteria in the cow's fore-stomachs when digesting food), oil fields,marshlands, and so it seems: in the arctic sea. We must add that methane is 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide to raise the temperature in the air, which may cause a terrible effect on the climate. Recommended:  Climate Change: Antarctica Is Melting Says NASA Is methane gas harmful to humans? Methane gas is relatively non-toxic; it does not have an OSHA PEL Standard. Its health effects are associated with being a simple asphyxiant displacing oxygen in the lungs. Methane is extremely flammable and can explode at concentrations between 5% (lower explosive limit) and 15% (upper explosive limit). Thawing Permafrost Releases Methane Did you know that tons of methane are frozen in the permafrost mud and stored at the bottom of the ocean? When permafrost is getting warmer and thaws, methane will be released in the air. The Arctic Report Card 2019, a federal study, claims that thawing permafrost across the Arctic could lead to the release of an estimated 300-600 million tons of net carbon per year into the atmosphere. Why is methane gas bad? The main impact of methane is on a global scale, as a greenhouse gas. Although levels of methane in the environment are relatively low, its high ‘global warming potential’ (21 times that of carbon dioxide) ranks it amongst the worst of the greenhouse gases. This phenomenon is known to some people as a "methane bomb". They think that if and when this potent greenhouse gas is released, the atmosphere will warm up quickly. The heat will also release more methane. Carolyn Ruppel of the USGS (United States Geological Survey) thinks it probably will not happen overnight. {youtube}                                              Arctic Sea Cooks Methane. You Should Be Extremely Alarmed                                     Methane: The Arctic's hidden climate threat : Natalia Shakhova's latest paper Even if there would not be a 'methane bomb', we need to worry about the permafrost methane. There is so much methane available, and it can heat up quickly, it still could be a threat over a while. We need to decarbonize the air now before it is too late. Recommended:  Climate Change Efforts On Reducing CO2 Why Not Recycle It? Ted Schuur wrote in the 2019 Arctic Report Card that at the bottom of the northern permafrost regions have a lot more organic carbon than we can find in the atmosphere right now. But this organic carbon soil is climate-sensitive, and because of global warming, this could turn quickly. What produces the most methane on Earth? Most methane emissions come, directly or indirectly, from humans. Some methane is natural it's released by decaying vegetation and by the bacteria in wetlands and swamps. But most sources of methane are of human origin livestock and farming, decay in landfills, leakage from the oil and gas industry. Anthropogenic Emissions Recent research has shown that greenhouse gases increase. This is partly due to natural sources, but also human activities. In another report, published in Nature, November 2019, you can read that in addition to methane, even large numbers of CO2 are being emitted, because of warming from northernmost polar soils. There will likely be more emissions in the future. And anthropogenic methane emissions do not even include the trillions of metric tons of permafrost methane liberated by global warming. We need to reduce the rate of methane to slow down global warming. The Netherlands is one of the countries that agreed in the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The US, on the other hand, has not shown the determination to soften anything. What can you do to help a little? Choose green power Eat less meat Insulate your house  Do not waste food Leave your car at home and take the bike Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about our oceans?  What you gain?  Extra:  Global exposure, a valuable backlink! Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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