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Many, Many Methane Bubbles Rising in the North Atlantic

Environment  (tags: climate-change, globalwarming, Methane, North Atlantic, Shocker, conservation, ecosystems, environment, humans, oceans, science, water, weather, world )

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Climate Change Shocker: Streams of methane bubbles are percolating along the Atlantic coast between North Carolina's Outer Banks and Massachusetts' Cape Cod.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:26 am
According to the journal Nature, surges of bubbles are flowing from hundreds of ocean-floor leaks. Researchers say the plumes likely contain methane and could add as much as 90 tons of methane—a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide — to the atmosphere each year. The methane bubbles may also hasten ocean acidification.

In the Geoscience newsletter published by Nature, researchers say that some two-thirds of the methane emissions come from methane-rich ices deep in the ocean that may be decomposing due to warming waters along the ocean floor. What effect these emissions will have on the atmosphere or the chemical makeup of the ocean is not immediately clear, but scientists are concerned.

The bubbles first came into view on sonar scans of the ocean floor during oceanographic expeditions between 2011 and 2013. The expeditions ranged from Cape Hatteras in North Carolina to Georges Bank off Cape Cod and covered more than 36,000 square miles, an area about the size of Indiana. The scanned area includes the margin of the continental shelf and the sloping areas seaward and to the east.

mary f (200)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:14 am
we cannot survive without keeping our oceans healthy what kind of species are we?

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:32 am

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Anette S (17)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 3:03 am
discomposedly signed & noted

Frances Darcy (92)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 3:24 am

Birgit W (160)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 4:04 am
Frances Darcy says it all. Thanks Betsy.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 4:34 am
This is an even bigger treath:

Permafrost Methane Time Bomb

Thanks for posting Betsy.

Sandrea S (278)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 4:55 am
I hope this won't be harmful for the trillion pieces of plastic swirling around!

. (0)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:07 am
Thanks for the article.

Animae C (507)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:19 am
Thanx for posting & forwarding Betsy

Abo r (107)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:19 am
Noted thanks Betsy

Arlene C (28)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:25 am
merci betsy

Margaret Goodman (243)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:31 am
Humankind seems to be bent on making earth into Venus, the hottest planet in the solar system.

Artur B (125)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:34 am

Terry King (113)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 6:25 am

Don H (45)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 6:28 am
Noted. Thanks, Betsy.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:30 am
oh goody.... sometimes I'm just really glad I'm old....but I sure do feel sorry for this planet. We have made a mess of it, haven't we?

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:31 am
Noted, thanks for sharing Betsy

Michela M (3964)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:39 am

Pat B (356)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:45 am
Unnerving news, thanks for the read, Betsy.

Cathy A (67)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:46 am
Noted and shared. Guess we won't be happy until we destroy this once pristine and beautiful planet we call "home" :(

Robert O (12)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 8:58 am
That's really worrisome and yet another sign that the planet is headed towards its ultimate demise. Thanks Betsy.

divergent r (309)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 9:01 am
and the hits just keep on coming
thanks Betsy,can't say I'm much surprised
the methane is killing the oceans, and the aluminum is killing the humans!

divergent r (309)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 9:02 am
couldn't send a star,good attitude ,thanks for the laugh,I owe u another

Barry AWAY T (937)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 9:31 am
... and the positive biofeedback phase has probably not even started yet, which will probably result in unknown levels of acceleration, although even the scientists aren't sure because the issue is just that complex.

Good humor and rhetorical questions aside, this is still just another frightening and unhappy surprise and there are probably more coming yet but - hang on, I hear a noise ...someone coming up my driveway ... weird - 4 guys on horses ...

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 10:00 am
Pretty scary...our footprint is truly a ghastly one. Thanks Betsy

Autumn S (151)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 10:17 am
thanks for posting this Betsy

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 10:54 am
Between this article and Arild's link it seems we're actually at the point of no return...Very Scary. Thanks for the link Arild and thanks Betsy for keeping us informed.

pam w (139)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 11:04 am
Welcome to the future.

. (0)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 11:09 am
and the republicans insist there is no such thing. they say it is the liberals way of controlling us thank you for the very upsetting news

Kay M (46)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 11:23 am
Good Afternoon Betsy- thank you for forwarding this to my attention- They have been saying on TV in all of these news and science stories that we are close to the tipping point of no return- I AM AFRAID WE ARE ALREADY THERE ---what a shame I have always tried to live my life in a green way and leave this planet in a better condition than I found it.----SO SO SAD that I will not be able to do that now---- Sincerely Kay M.

Kathleen M (210)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 11:57 am
Noted with alarm! Thanks, Betsy and GGma.

Ulane V (48)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 12:41 pm

michael sullivan (1022)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 12:53 pm
we need to do everything we can to preserve/protect our oceans, air, land -- let's hope we're not too late!

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:13 pm
Thanks Betsy. It's quite possible the changes we are beginning to see will become exponential. We so need to alter a lifestyle built on energy consumption - especially energy based on fossil fuels.

Tamera Dolcini (16)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:18 pm
We've been warned! There is a point that global warming will produce increased global warming. Our elected representatives may have denied global warming too long. It appears that we may have very well reached the tipping point.

Bryan S (105)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:26 pm
That's so true, Craig. We need to change the amount and source of the energy we use by putting forth more effort than used to fight WW2. What will it take for the denial to end? Thanks for the article, Betsy.

Krista S (194)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:07 pm
This is not good =[

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:20 pm
Noted. Thanks, Betsy. As the article stated....from NOAA: "When shelled organisms are at risk, the entire food web may also be at risk."

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 4:04 pm
Betsy ~ All this information you are giving me, here, is making me wonder why I am not more educated on this subject.

Freya H (345)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 4:57 pm
Lots of bubbles, lots of troubles!

This is why we need to prepare for the worst. Yes, I sound like a survivalist; but it never hurts to be ready. And we need to preserve not just ourselves, but our science and culture, so just in case society does collapse our descendants won't have to reinvent the wheel. Besides, future generations ought to be able to enjoy Shakespeare and Star Trek, too.

Theresa Robinson (79)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:38 pm

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 6:50 pm
Good question, Mary F. (1st comment after Betsy's 1st comment)!

Tina F (113)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 9:08 pm
Thanks Betsy for sharing!

Dawnie W (250)
Friday August 29, 2014, 3:08 am
Alarming news and another wake up call...Are the powers that be awake, watching and listening or do they think they will be smart enough to be left living on the earth when all other life has been extinguished?

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Yvonne Egan (43)
Friday August 29, 2014, 5:34 am
Some of us may not see the worst of the damage done on our Earth, but our children and grandchildren and future generations, if there is anyone left, will :(((

Gene J (286)
Friday August 29, 2014, 7:50 am
If Al Gore was right in his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and I think he was, then the biggest problem this is causing is increased acidity. The contribution to global warming is significant but not enough to even touch what humans are doing. The idea that the earth will warm to Venus like conditions isn't true. What will happen, as Al pointed out, is that the oceanic vectoring system, that which moves warm water from the equator to the the poles in a smooth continuous flow, will shut down as it has before when co2 in the atmosphere has gone over 4ppm, where it has been now for a couple years. When that happens, and the last time it did, it stopped in the English Channel and ushered in a winter that didn't stop for thousands of years, that was snowball earth, when the planet was covered with glaciers to the equator - no oxygen breathing life survives that should it happen again and given the rate at which change is accelerating, I don't see anything that will stop it. I think it too late as do most climatologists, over 90% the last story I read. They believe we are beyond the tipping point where nothing we do can change what is coming over the next few centuries. Only we, the ones who did it, won't be here to see what happens. And apparently no one, not even the 1% cares about what our descendants will have to live through, until they can't anymore. We are the worst thing ever to happen to this planet, worse than asteroids, worse than anything, homo sapiens the only species that befouls its own living space. Not much there to be proud of.

Lady Suki (446)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:06 am
Thanks for posting.

jan b (5)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:10 am
IF you look over the side of the ship if you cruise in Caribbean waters, you will see methane bubbles.
Methane concentrations as great as 30,000 nanoliters per liter were measured on two cruises in the northwest Caribbean Sea.

Mitchell D (82)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:46 am
In the words of Janis the Joplin: "...this can't, this just can't be, now." And Sen Inhofe, and his crew will be sooo glad to tell you that, after all, he KNEW" that "It can't happen, God would not allow it!"
Yes, Pam, we've been there before. Think of the huge craters in Yamal, Siberia!

Past Member (0)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:55 am
Since this is all happening between Cape Cod & Cape Hatteras - blame it on the US.
Seriously, this & the methane release from melting permafrost is bad news.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday August 29, 2014, 10:37 am
Thank You Betsy

Anna Meng Wang (1)
Friday August 29, 2014, 1:19 pm

Friday August 29, 2014, 2:22 pm
Noted & shared. Thanks Betsy

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 29, 2014, 3:08 pm
I wish that the people who could really change our lifestyles to clean and renewable would take stories like this seriously. It is one thing to ride a bicycle and another to have an all out National policy to move quickly into a bold and better future with clean energy sources. Truly be the worlds leader in something positive instead of being the war machine all the time......which wars use tremendous amounts of energy to engage in.

I had placed something similar on earlier or perhaps closer to what Arild's link had left. Same thing, release of more methane.
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Kelly R (2)
Friday August 29, 2014, 7:10 pm
Quite scary... I watched David Suzuki's "The Nature of Things" program on Antarctica and the warming of the oceans, the effect it's having down there and on the animals living in the oceans.

Bridget Robertson (106)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 1:02 am
Noted. I agree with Dandelion.

. (0)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 8:54 am
Noted-thanks Betsy

Bella F (94)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 9:23 am

Charmaine Shannon (38)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 10:18 am
Noted and Shared !! These are the things that we need to keep up with for the Sake of Our Planet and "all" the inhabitants including "US" !!!!!!
Thank-You ....

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 12:08 pm

Mandi T (366)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 11:32 am
Thank you Betsy. People really need to keep our plant, oceans clean and blue!
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