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05 Aug 13 12:02

I don't know what the probabilities are for this to happen but given the potential risk and scale some precautionary measures might be advisable.

Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb

www.theguardian.com

Nafeez Ahmed: Dismissals of catastrophic methane danger ignore robust science in favour of outdated mythology of climate safety


Category: Climate/natural disasters: Climate change

Location: East Siberian Sea


2 Comments

Jennifer Rodney - 6 Aug 2013, 6:51 a.m.

Thanks for sharing this article Marcus. There's always a lot of speculation about these sorts of things but Nafeez's article seems pretty convincing. Did you see the film clip that Paritosh posted the other day? Also quite scary! https://openminds.swissre.com/story/373/belch-end-of-civilizaiton

Marcus Williams - 6 Aug 2013, 7:26 a.m.

Hi Jennifer.
Thank you. Yes I knew about it. It will possibly not the last one of its kind.

How do we as a one planet civilization deal with such possible increase in the long term risks and the inherent increase of conflicts of interest this is bound to provoke? The "precautionary principle" would have to be more strongly applied and we already find it difficult to stay within the CO2 emissions suggested by the IPCC.


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