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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 »

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 »

Are we absolutely sure the oceans are warming faster than ever?

Ocean’s are the hottest they’ve ever been in the last 10,000 years! Or so screamed the headlines, casting yet another death knell on humanity’s relationship with climate. Or so the media would hope! Afterall, the only thing making the planet warm in the last 10,000 years is mankind, right? It’s our annoying habit of burning up all the fossil fuels ... Read More »

A murderous marine mystery off the west Canadian coast…

For the people of Vancouver, British Columbia, the summer of 2013 will probably go down in the history books as one of the nicest summers ever. The temperatures were always mild, and never rose above 30oC, the sky was always blue, the ocean was slightly chilly but sparkled playfully, and the famous Pacific Coastal rains stayed away. But in those ... Read More »

The north pole is melting – or is it?

Melt pond at north pole

Update: Around July 28, 2013, the source of the photo below, The North Pole Environmental Observatory, put out a statement regarding the ‘melting at the north pole.’ They too verify it wasn’t out of the norm and it wasn’t at the north pole. The article below was written on July 26, 2013 – before the NPOE put out their statement. ... Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Deep sea Mining

This website is one dedicated to asking the questions the media seem negligent in asking. And so it was pleasantly surprising to stumble across another website where someone is trying to give a balanced point of view – should we be mining the riches of the oceans? Yes, you read that right – mining the riches of the oceans! 911metallurgist ... Read More »