The polar ice caps are what cool the earth’s atmosphere for the entire planet. They are composed of ice and permafrost. Because melted water is actually darker than ice, it absorbs more heat, raising the temperature of the water, compounding the warming exponentially.
Permafrost is actually more than just pure ice. It contains plant and animal material that, when warmed decompose and emit methane gas. This melting process is exponential. The warmer the atmosphere is, the more permafrost we lose. The more permafrost we lose, the warmer the atmosphere becomes. It becomes a vicious cycle that is not easily reversed and that has catastrophic consequences to our planet.
Once we lose the permafrost, we will lose the majority of the polar ice caps and the earth’s air conditioning.
“The scientists found the expansion of the lakes between 1974 and 2000, fueled by a period of regional warming, increased methane emissions by 58 percent.
The melting permafrost releases carbon-rich remains of plants and animals. These remains sink to the bottom of the lakes, decompose and produce methane that bubbles up to the surface and into the atmosphere.
Although nowhere near as prevalent or long-lasting as carbon dioxide, methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas, with more than 20 times the heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide.
Methane is released by humans through burning of grasslands, forest and wood fuel as well as by intense livestock activity, rice cultivation, and industrial sources – and there is little doubt these activities have boosted methane levels in the atmosphere.
A study released Monday by the British Antarctic Survey found that in the past 800,000 years methane had never tipped 750 parts per billion (ppb), but is now 1,780 ppb.”
We always thought that Armageddon (the earth on fire) would be the result of global thermonuclear war. It may very well end up being caused by the buildup of methane gas in the atmosphere ignited by a lightning storm that finally burns the earth’s atmosphere into hell fire. Scientists have theorized that the initial blast could be greater than a combination of the strongest nuclear warheads or as devastating as a large meteor hitting the earth.
I have seen two specials on this problem. This is not something to take lightly.