Subtitle: And, the vandals drill more
This blog relayed a warning before from Dr. Eban Goodstein: “The Arctic acts as the planet’s air conditioner, and that function is already breaking down.” There were indications all over the Arctic this year — warmer air, less sea ice, melting glaciers.
A team of 69 international scientists warn about this tipping point… they do not expect this critical, weather-making region to return to its former, colder state. The melt means extra heat, and tipping points, Virginia, are non-linear.* Those affected include those living in the most populated parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Dr. Goodstein estimates “an annual rate of 3 billion tons of CO2 — the equivalent of 500 coal-powered plants, or more than 40% of all U.S. fossil fuel emissions.” He expects this to more than double by the end of the century.
Editor’s note: The NSF (National Science Foundation) has warned that release of even a small fraction of the methane stored in the vast East Siberian Arctic Shelf “could trigger abrupt climate warming.”