Climatologists have long feared that climate change would eventually unfreeze the frozen methane at the bottom of the Arctic Sea — and that that methane (a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide) would accelerate climate change exponentially.
Well, that methane melting is here — the writer Bill McKibben told a Conservancy conference last fall about seeing methane bubbles during an Arctic Sea expedition. See video above showing what it’s like to light to light methane bubbling through a frozen Arctic lake — and almost get burned by it. (It’s not the kind of melting methane the studies are talking about, though.) Then catch up on the all the other hot green news below:
- Up From the Ground Came a Bubblin’ Brew: Climate Feedback wraps up the latest thinking on the threat of melting methane — and how to forestall its effects. (One solution: Use large animals in Siberia to “stomp the permafrost to keep it intact.”)
- It’s the Love Child of a… Check out the “elephant fish,” a fish with a snout it uses to forage for food on the muddy bottom of the Congo River. (Hat tip: Blogfish.)
- I’m Skeptical: Al Gore tells Bjorn Lomborg (author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist”) at the Eco:nomics conference that he refuses to debate him on climate change — reminding Lomborg that the science on global warming has spoken, reports David Roberts at Grist.
- Comeback Kids: You’ve read in Cool Green Morning about how hunting and fishing pressures are making adults in the animal kingdom smaller — but now a new study says one species of fish can rebound fairly quickly, says Wired Science.
- Let’s Hope There Is a Long-Term For You: Ford CEO Alan Mulally says electric vehicles are key to the car company’s long-term survival. (Hat tip: Yale Environment 360.)
- China Wins Again: Check out this cool interactive graphic from FT.com on which country has the greenest stimulus package going.
- Wear a Cap: But then Environmental Economics rains on the green stimulus parade by telling us none of this spending is nearly enough to make a difference to the environment…and that we need a cap-and-trade system to generate the required investment.
- White Hot? A Canadian academic and a Canadian utility argue that using compact fluorescent light bulbs actually increases greenhouse gas emissions because incandescent bulbs generate more heat and consumers have to turn up their home thermostats to make up for the difference. (Green Inc. reports that environmentalists call the findings absurd.)
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