Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012 Hydrate hypothesis illuminates growing climate change alarm
Compiled by John Stokes
A recent scientific theory called the "hydrate hypothesis" says that historical global warming cycles have been caused by a feedback loop, where melting permafrost methane clathrates (also known as "hydrates") spur local global warming, leading to further melting of clathrates and bacterial growth.
In other words, like western Siberia, the 400 billion tons of methane in permafrost hydrate will gradually melt, and the released methane will speed the melting. The effect of even a couple of billion tons of methane being emitted into the atmosphere each year would be catastrophic.
The "hydrate hypothesis" (if validated) spells the rapid onset of runaway catastrophic global warming. In fact, you should remember this moment when you learned about this feedback loop-it is an existencial turning point in your life.
By the way, the "hydrate hypothesis" is a weeks old scientific theory, and is only now being discussed by global warming scientists. I suggest you Google the term.
Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing the Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to when we will pass the tipping point and be helpless to stop the runaway Global Warming.
With only hours left in 2011, John Stoke’s apocalyptic prediction that global warming would kill 4.5 billion of us by tomorrow looks unlikely.
I just checked the news and Australia is still there (with minutes of 2011 left). I think we’re gonna make it.
You can count-down the last moments of mankind on Gaia in the left sidebar, unless Stokes is just another alarmist fool who liked to make crazy 5-year predictions to scare people and then hope everyone had forgotten by the due date. Heh.
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