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Ocean methane hydrates – the hidden canary?

Ocean Floor methane hydrate

On the ocean floor, there is some frozen stuff called ‘methane hydrates.’ Methane hydrates have been known to oceanographers and oil and gas people for a while now, but they started gaining mainstream attention when their arctic land cousins became yet another poster child for climate change. In the ocean, methane hydrates only form in cold waters under quite a bit ... Read More »

Yet another unknown “carbon sink” revealed

Hercules ROV shown above deep ocean floor basalt (NOAA)

Recently, NASA released the results of a study of the temperatures of the waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Owing to a ‘global pause‘ in rising temperatures, climate scientists have increasingly having to resort to other processes in nature to ... Read More »

Rethinking the response to the Middle East

Blue Sky

ISIS. Terrorism. Fanatics. Iraq. War. Oil. Muslim. The above words are all words that are associated with a perceived threat from the developed world about the unrest in the Middle Eastern countries. Terrible atrocities have been committed by people who have an extremist viewpoint of the Western World, and the Western World, led by the U.S.A. has turned around and ... Read More »

Misconceptions about Natural Gas

Mysterious 'Siberian Exploding Hole' (The Siberian Times)

The media in the last year has been full of scary information about methane hydrates (super bad!) and natural gas (the savior with respect to stopping catastrophic warming of the planet). Methane hydrates Lets discuss the ‘bad’ first – methane hydrates. Methane hydrates are white, ice-like solids that consist of methane and water. Methane hydrated can form on the ocean ... Read More »

Part II: Captive Cetaceans – Setting them Free

Whale Watching

Six months ago, I wrote about Captive Cetaceans – should they be set free? This was based on the simplistic arguments the Vision Vancouver Park Board (VVPB) had for suddenly dismantling the Vancouver Aquarium’s cetacean program. My article was based on empathatising with the whales as well as the very mixed and costly results of just setting cetaceans free from ... Read More »

Is the West Antarctic ice sheet suddenly melting?

West Antarctic Ice sheet

“Ice melt in West Antarctica is unstoppable!” (CNN) “Ice Sheet’s Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning” (NBC) “Glacial Region’s Melt Past ‘Point of No Return,’ NASA Says” (Bloomberg) “Nothing can stop retreat of West Antarctica ice sheets!” (BBC) Are you scared yet?! Certainly the mainstream media is playing it up! Although I had some questions on this matter, I thought I’d ... Read More »

How serious are Ohio’s fracking induced earthquakes?

Fracking schematic

Ohio today announced tougher permits conditions for drilling near ‘faults and areas of seismic activity.’ I first read this in the Huffington Post who were of course MUCH more sensationalistic in their headline, stating fracking was causing earthquakes in Ohio. Dramatically, they announced that “State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Marcellus Shale basin ... Read More »

Why are there still global warming skeptics?

The Carbon Cycle

James Lawrence Powell reviewed 2,258 papers on climate science published between November 2012 and December 2013 and said that of all those papers, only one rejected man was the cause of warming on Planet Earth at this time. The science is settled! Or is it? Despite this exhaustive review of papers, there is still a very stubborn contingency of scientists ... Read More »

The absurdity of Canada’s oil pipeline woes

Pipelines of North America

Canada has a problem. Oil prices have got high enough and technology has advanced that a lot of oil that was trapped in less porous rocks is now suddenly quite attractive to extract. The problem is, it all lies in the middle of Canada. Well, not the geographic heart of Canada but suitably close enough. Well, oil is liquid and ... Read More »

Corporate Espionage versus Environmental Activism

Corporate espionage vs environmental extremism

It’s  a war on democracy! Big corporations have partnered with spy agencies and private intelligence firms to combat environmental activism and non profit organizations! So screamed the headlines from a recent edition of the British newspaper, The Guardian, claiming this was a “disturbing picture of a global corporate espionage programme that is out of control.” The article goes on to ... Read More »