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Antarctica could hold large volumes of methane, warn British scientists

Wednesday, September 5th 2012 - 00:44 UTC
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Large volumes of methane - a potent greenhouse gas - could be locked beneath the ice-covered regions of Antarctica, according to a new study. Methane could be released into the atmosphere as ice retreats, contributing to climate warming. Read full article

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  • vestias

    Com o aumento da temperatura o mundo vai ter de enfrentar varios problemas segundo falam os cientistas mas o mundo não pode baixar os braços

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Santa Fe

    shhhhh Dont tell the RGS they will want to claim it
    They have a monopoly on hot air already with Kretina

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 11:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    With increasing temperature the world will have to face several problems according to scientists but the world cannot ease up.
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    Meanwhile, back in the world of fueling that momentum, is there a potential market for methane hydrate I wonder? Well, what about this as a good place to start:

    http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/oil-gas/publications/Hydrates/2011Reports/MH_Primer2011.pdf

    I'm thinking of starting a little company, HQ'd in a farmhouse somewhere in Wiltshire or perhaps even Kent, to float on AIM and snaffle up the exploration rights on this one. Just a few minor issues of Antarctic sovereignty to deal with but I'm open to offers from Argentinian and Chilean potential partners as risk mitigation measure. Socialists, Brits and Falkland Islanders need not apply - you will be able to subscribe to the “Antarctic Methane Bubble” when we float.

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Let us not lose sight of the fact that, if the methane escapes and has a detrimental effect on the world, it will be argieland's fault! Argieland has never had any sense of responsibility. Let's just hope they get wiped out first!

    Sep 05th, 2012 - 03:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Wanna bet the Brits rip up the Antarctic treaty to drill for the methane??

    Oh, actually, they already have broken the treaty, in 2009 by claiming land in Antarctica as a full part of the UK.

    If on one think they have been consistent for 1000 years, is on utter dishonesty.

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #2&4 Yeah right, we're facing ecological disaster and its all because of...Argentina?!

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Falkland Islands

    I wouldn't spout to much, Argentina actually shot at another nation there, they also go around burning other nations navigation aids, so shut up before you get you self in deep pratroll. TiT

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Doveoverdover

    @5 My business plan is to wait until the Treaty lapses; you interested in joining the Board?

    I think I can say with some certainty that UK has not claimed Antartica to be a part of the UK (as Antarctishire perhaps?) in 2009 or at any other time.

    You may actually be thinking of this:

    http://en.mercopress.com/2009/05/11/uk-submits-extended-continental-shelf-claim-around-falklands

    Sep 08th, 2012 - 10:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Massive volumes of methane clathrates have been released by Arctic coastal sea-ice melt. These transform to atmospheric carbon, some x20 more powerful than carbon dioxide in climate changing power. Positive feedbacks make the situation irreversible and accelerating.
    Albedo change in the north will stimulate positive feedbacks in the south, then release of the Antarctic methane mega-volumes.

    Yes, there is REAL (and potentially catastrophic) change in the world and the world's populations in the lifetime of most of us.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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