Methane gas: an environmental holocaust

Global warming is a natural phenomenon brought about by human activities and biological processes. Under normal conditions, plants and animals, including humans are capable of adapting to the environmental changes. However, global warming at it’s present rate is aggravated by the release of a great amount of “GREENHOUSE” gases into the atmosphere which forms an enveloping barrier that blocks the infra-red radiation coming from the sun from bouncing back into outer space, causing the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere to rise.


[Image courtesy cTrade.com.au.]

The principal and most common source of greenhouse gases, as we all know, is the burning of fossil oil and coal used to fuel energy generation for human industries and luxuries. With crude oil alone, there are about seventy thousand derivatives that can be obtained, each of which when heated, or burned emits into the atmosphere tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrous oxide, methane, hydrogen cyanide, and various CFC compounds.

This on-going process, now threatens the very existence of our planet, as it happens at such a rapid pace that the inhabitants of our planet are largely unable to adapt themselves to the sudden changes in their environment that it induces. Global warming also triggers extreme climatic conditions which in turn results in destruction, calamities and death. Furthermore, as the temperature rises, it melts the glaciers and the polar caps resulting in sea levels arising and endangering life in the low lands. It also melts permafrost. Permafrost is permanently frozen remains of pre-historic rain forests buried along the Siberian plains and the polar regions. As the permafrost melts, it releases into the atmosphere tremendous amounts of “methane”, a non toxic, colorless, odorless, but highly combustible greenhouse gas it held frozen for billions of years. This “methane release” augments the process of global warming.

Methane is an extremely combustible gas which will burn over a narrow range of concentration of 5-15% in air. It may form explosive mixtures with the atmospheric gases and is violently reactive with oxidizers, halogens and some halogen-containing compounds. What does this mean? We all know that our atmosphere is made up of 21% free oxygen, and some 2 percent of halogen and halogen compounds. But what we do not know is that there is already a dangerous concentration of methane gas within the explosive range in the Earth’s atmosphere. This has become evident particularly in the polar regions as the gas tends to move to the cooler places.

Now, here is the dilemma:

If global warming continues unchecked, and the regions of the earth where there is a 5-15% concentrations of methane gas in the atmosphere reaches the temperature of 53 degrees Celsius, which is the flash point of methane gas, it could result in a spontaneous ignition of atmospheric gases and wreak unimaginable destruction to our planet.

Our planet has now become in reality, a “TIME BOMB” and the clock is ticking fast unless measures are adopted to avert this inevitable holocaust!…

[Photo of permafrost cross section courtesty International Polar Foundation.]

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Paul Farol
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Dude, you have to consider that at just a few degrees above the global average temperature, everything dies. So, if the earth’s temperature reaches 53 degrees Celsius, i think most living creatures on earth would be dead and I guess most people would miss seeing the world explode into flames.

I think the sudden massive release of methane is considered as one of the many dooms day scenarios not because of an impending explosion but rather because it is the most destructive green house gas.

Its ability to destroy the ozone layer is several times above that of any other gas.

BenK
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Clathrate gun! And it’s already started:

http://grbusinessonline.com/wp/?p=669

Trosp
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“However, global warming at it’s present rate is aggravated by the release of a great amount of “GREENHOUSE” gases into the atmosphere which forms an enveloping barrier that blocks the infra-red radiation coming from the sun from bouncing back into outer space, causing the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere to rise.” I’m not a climatologist but I can comprehend technical papers. There is this explanation about them which I consider more believable: “MYTH 3: Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus warming the earth. FACT: Carbon dioxide levels have indeed… Read more »
MiauwMing
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Perhaps we should not view C02 solely as greenhouse but a measurement of Human Activities. Human expansion and exploitation may have wreak havoc on things that helps cool down the Earth.

mayg1573
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afffrrruuuubbbbbb!!!!!!!!!!global warming is a hoax!!!!! perpetrated by socialists and communists to scare people to justify cap and trade, tax businesses to oblivion that would result in worldwide poverty to benefit the richest and most powerful people eg george soros, m. green…imagine co2 considered evil gas. we might as well all commit suicide coz we humans emit co2 for the plants to take in as nourishment for these plants to emit o2 so that human and other forms of life will survive…nyeta!!!! climategateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Trosp
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He he he, I thought two links will not be subject for moderation.

My apology.

Hyden Toro
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True…it is the burning of Fossil Fuel that is destroying this Planet Earth. This is the reason, we have to use Renewable Sources of Fuel like: Solar, Wind, Waves, etc…the Earth is facing destruction, and human extinction is possible. These are the threats, other than the possible Nuclear Wars, that can erupt anytime…

Joe America
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coolass, in your comment to trosp you write: “FOSSIL OIL and COAL are actually carbon stored by nature millions of years ago. Then we drill them, refine and burn them and release them into the atmosphere…it took nature billions of years to capture and store them underground.”

Great visual image of we humans running around the planet poking thousands of holes in the earth so the dirt can spew into the air, quickly changing the gas that protects us to a strange chemical concoction sure to gag us or boil us. Stupid R Man. Nice article.