New natural Climate change discovery in the Arctic
As AGW advocates employ various Rope-a-Dope survival strategies after the knockout barrage of Climategate, scientists have unearthed the existence of possibly another major contributor in the blame game of climate change which could trump all the previous bogeymen. The real cuplrit? Natural causes.
Gregory Mone of AOL News has the latest developments:
Scientists have uncovered a powerful source of a leading greenhouse gas that is venting into the atmosphere at unprecedented rates. The permafrost beneath the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, a relatively shallow section of the Arctic Ocean, has been pumping 7.7 million tons of methane into the air each year -- roughly the amount released into the atmosphere by the rest of the world's oceans combined.
The researchers, who report their work in the March 5 issue of Science, caution that their findings in this previously unstudied region raise more questions than answers. The amount of methane released, though higher than expected, represents only a fraction of total global methane emissions.
The researchers, in their initial assessment, are at least honest in their conclusion that "more questions are raised than answers." This latest discovery alone should provide ample and allegorical evidence that climate change is far from the "settled science" that Al Gore and others on the left would scare us into believing. One point is becoming abundantly clear on all fronts: climate change is a natural cycle of the earth itself and not primarily the modern byproduct of carbon-based economies:
This underwater source has been subject to massive change. At various points in Earth's history, it has been a frozen plain that effectively traps its methane stores. But that plain was flooded as the world warmed since the last ice age, and it now sits under seawater significantly warmer than the air in the surrounding region. So while the terrestrial permafrost has remained frozen, its subsea counterpart has thawed, sending its methane stores into the atmosphere.
The broader implications of the findings are hard to gauge -- Shakhova said it is too early to tell how her research could affect the projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But she and other scientists will be monitoring that icy hot spot for years to come.
The sincere study of Climate Change is a science in its infancy and needs to viewed as such. Cows and livestock the world over are owed a sincere apology by Mr. Gore that likely will not be forthcoming.
Who knows what real science may discover tomorrow?