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SLEEPING GIANT IN THE ARCTIC:
Can Thawing Permafrost Velocity Local weather Disruption
And Result in Runaway International Heating ?
THIS NEW VIDEO EXPLORES THE CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE RELATED TO ARCTIC PERMAFROST, THE SCALE OF DANGER WE FACE, AND THE COLOSSAL MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF POTENTIALLY INITIATING AN UNSTOPPABLE CHAIN REACTION OF RUNAWAY HEATING
Most of us visualize emissions generated by human exercise – reminiscent of energy crops and automobiles – once we take into consideration local weather disruption. However is it potential that HUMANITY MAY NOW BE CONFRONTED BY A SOURCE OF CARBON *FOUR TIMES* LARGER THAN ALL WHICH HAS BEEN GENERATED BY HUMANS SINCE THE START OF THE INDUSTRIAL AGE ? Local weather scientists name it a “ticking time bomb” and probably the most threatening but under-reported story of our time. “Over a whole lot of millennia, Arctic permafrost soils have accrued huge shops of natural carbon – an estimated 1,400 to 1,850 billion metric tons of it…… As compared, about 350 billion metric tons of carbon have been emitted from all fossil-fuel combustion and human actions since 1850.” (NASA press launch, June 2013)
Human-caused temperature rise within the Arctic is starting to launch this “sleeping big”. The Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change (IPCC) – made this beautiful projection: “By the top of the 21st century, the world of permafrost close to the floor is projected to lower by between 37% to 81%.” NASA: “Professional opinion says that roughly by 2040 as a lot as 20 to 50 billion metric tons of the carbon that’s at present frozen within the permafrost soils may grow to be out there. By 2100 these estimates vary from 160 to 250 billion metric tons. So by the top of the century, you may need a perturbation (impression) that may be virtually as a lot as all the fossil gasoline carbon that is been launched since 1850 or so.” (Dr. Charles Miller, lead scientist, NASA’s CARVE program)
Tremendous greenhouse fuel methane is a full 100 occasions extra highly effective than CO2 as a heat-trapping fuel within the first 20 years after launch. WHAT HAPPENS IF THIS MASSIVE AND POWERFUL VOLUME OF GREENHOUSE GAS IS ADDED ON TOP OF WHAT HUMANITY IS ALREADY GENERATING? Disruption would turn into vastly accelerated and kicked into larger gear. This immense launch would feed on itself, elevating temperatures that proceed melting increasingly permafrost in a vicious, scary, and unstoppable cycle. A tipping level might properly be crossed, and human intervention not attainable. Temperatures throughout the planet might soar, with catastrophic ranges of drought and meals scarcity. All life help techniques could possibly be positioned underneath extreme stress.
NEWS MEDIA, AND EVEN THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT ITSELF, ARE MISSING BOTH THE SCALE AND IMMINENCE OF THE PERMAFROST THREAT – The dominant focus has been human-generated emissions, as within the battle over tar sands oil. However an enormous story just isn’t getting via – a good deeper and extra profound urgency but to be acknowledged. These emissions threaten to launch a far bigger and extra menacing supply that dwarfs what humanity is producing. And this upsurge can’t be relegated to a far-off future – the IPCC is speaking concerning the finish of this century.
When world-renowned local weather skilled Dr. James Hansen was requested concerning the influence that would outcome from giant scale launch of greenhouse gases within the Arctic, he replied: “It isn’t clear that civilization might survive that excessive of a local weather change.” Even when such can’t be predicted with absolute certainty, the colossal scale of the hazard – and the statement of these elements lining up that would set off it – demand that humanity train the precautionary precept. All political decision-making associated to carbon emissions have to be based mostly on the understanding that a catastrophic consequence is looming, and the window of time for prevention shortly diminishing.
From the concluding narration: “Humanity is on the crossroad. What duty do we’ve got to future generations to step again from this brink and make the modifications which forestall the worst from occurring?” Please share the hyperlink to “Sleeping Big” extensively with associates, colleagues, and policymakers !!!
[Production note re: low volume audio problem. This resulted from an editing program defect & crash that “lost” the original copy (& all back-ups) of the video after posting on YouTube. Volume will be corrected in an updated version soon to be released, but present version is unfortunately not fixable. I share frustration as the danger is urgent, and 8 months went into project. Please note that using headphones & increasing volume level will assist in hearing the audio.]