The Giant Methane Monster Is Lurking | EcoWatch

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Thom Hartmann | July 7, 2014

There’s something lurking deep under the frozen Arctic Ocean, and if it gets released, it could spell disaster for our planet.

That something is methane.

Photo credit: Shutterstock We have a chance right now to keep the giant methane monster that’s lurking under the Arctic Ocean right where it is, and save our planet in the process. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Methane is one of the strongest of the natural greenhouse gases, about 80 times more potent than CO2, and while it may not get as much attention as its cousin CO2, it certainly can do as much, if not more, damage to our planet.

That’s because methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and there are trillions of tons of it embedded in a kind of ice slurry called methane hydrate…

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5 thoughts on “The Giant Methane Monster Is Lurking | EcoWatch

  1. Catastrophic methane releases due to global temperature rise is indeed a very scary monster lurking on the horizon, and it has happened before in Earth’s history. If anthropogenic global warming is not abated, this methane catastrophe is guaranteed to happen again. If it does, it will be “game over” for human civilization and millions of other species on this planet.

    It should be noted, however, that methane doesn’t stay in the atmosphere nearly as long as carbon dioxide. So, our immediate concern should focus primarily on CO2 levels. It is the increase in CO2 emissions which will inevitably trigger the methane monster.

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