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Climate Change, Methane and Permafrost

An environmental concept: precautionary principle.

In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation. (principle 15).

Speaking of which, here’s a summary of the latest research about amplifying methane feedbacks

See also: Clathrate gun hypothesis.  I am not knowledgeable enough or well-versed in science to understand this or evidence, but it’s a term we might be hearing more about. Here’s an article about methanotrophs, methane-eating bacteria.

if anything, these sorts of articles point to the enormity of the problem and hints that it is not always correct to focus the climate change debate entirely  on human CO2 levels.  There are a lot of things human can’t control – and that is a hard concept for humans to accept. 

See also my post about permafrost a week ago.

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