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Physical matter is blind to our socioeconomic fluctuations. An ominous phase change, a sublimation from crystal to gas, from methane hydrate (methane trapped in ice) to vast columns of methane bubbles, is growing exponentially in the Arctic Ocean.

Given the known ferocity of methane in heat trapping, this has the potential, some would say inevitability, of a rapid escalation of global warming to catastrophic levels.

Phase changes often happen rapidly like the sudden onset of boiling of water on a stove… and the quantity of methane hydrate in the Arctic Ocean is enormous.

This fate is too dire to countenance. Continued political, economic, industrial, and agricultural activism are of the utmost urgency and importance. We must bring about a revolutionary shift in human activities now, and in the ensuing weeks, months, and not too many years.

Not only must we urgently stop carbon emissions (which are the underlying trigger of arctic methane release), we also must use every means at our disposal to bring the carbon dioxide levels down below 350ppm.

Also in the near term we must be prepared to use artificial means to shield the Arctic Ocean from sunlight, taking over the role of the melting ice sheet.

Such extreme necessities are being foisted on us by the fossilised economic rationalists who continue on their individualistic pursuit of wealth at the expense of our collective future and the collective future of the entire ecosystem.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby

 


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