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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

THE VENUS SYNDROME: Part X


You now and then see these headlines:
   

     Global Geoengineering Fueling Venus Syndrome

But if you read this article, featuring Dale Wiggington of Geoengineering Watch, it is merely a diatribe against the current geoengineering perpetrated by governments and industry.  Solution?  Public awareness. 

This one, by Michael Byrne is worried about water vapor:


Yes, water vapor is certainly significant:


Fully 95% of the greenhouse effect is caused by water vapor.  But all this water vapor has been there for many millions, in fact, billions, of years.  Nothing we can do about it, so consider this "dangerous" gas as a given and unchangeable.  What is increasing is carbon dioxide, caused by us and nature:


But when you add the true effect of human caused warming, methane jumps into the scene:


Why?  One molecule of methane is 30 times worse for capturing heat than one molecule of carbon dioxide. But this number is debatable, for others show factors up to 72.  Then, in 20 years, the methane gets oxidized into...carbon dioxide, and continues to contribute.  Planet Venus has an atmosphere of carbon dioxide.  Methane, incidentally, is almost all of natural gas.  Fracking?  Something to definitely watch.

Anyway, here is the real problem  about METHANE.  Through the lifetime of Planet Earth, ocean life has died, dropped to the bottom of the ocean and decomposed into methane and other compounds.  Much of this methane, because of pressure and temperature (low) conditions, are trapped by ice and become a methane hydrate.  That is methane ice burning:  It is said that there are many times more energy in these deposits than all the known coal, natural gas and oil on land.  Unfortunately, most of these methane hydrates are located in the vicinity of the Ring of Fire, where undersea volcanic eruptions and most of the severe earthquakes occur:


Combined with all the methane being released in the Arctic Zone, my fear is that a series of undersea earthquakes could jar these methane hydrates loose and trigger the Venus Syndrome.  Read my three Huffington Post articles written a few years ago:
Let me close with an enhancee quote from Part Two:

All this heat finally resulted in portions of the ocean going hyper-critical with respect to temperature, and the danger point for runaway water vapor was finally exceeded on this October day in 2012. Water vapor (that steam you see emanating from your coffee cup is water vapor), as prevalent as it is, has not in the past been considered as a danger, mostly because there is so much of it and there is nothing we can do about it anyway. Suddenly, this is a major issue. But that in itself was not the trigger, for it should have taken many millennia to get to anything like the Venus Syndrome.

The problem was that this critical condition occurred over portions of the warmer Pacific, which sat over huge deposits of marine methane hydrates (MMH). It was purely coincidental, but in the Ring of Fire, at a spot off Peru, a major subsea earthquake rated at 8.9, triggered a massive underwater volcanic eruption, which served as a fuse to destabilize the hydrates, beginning the release of copious amounts of methane into the atmosphere. A major tsunami is expected to hit the Pacific Rim, but that has now become a minor irritant. A sizable MMH deposit off Guatemala, possibly catalyzed by a related earthquake, also went metastable. Unexpectedly, there was a huge reservoir of methane gas below the clathrates that just came to the surface.
Thus, in a matter of 24 hours, Planet Earth had its hottest day in modern history, a sudden influx of methane from the ocean, and an atmosphere where methane superseded carbon dioxide as the primary agent for global warming. We're not quite sure how this excess water vapor was affecting the process, but it can only be bad. The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt stopping was particularly ominous, for the ocean surrounding these MMH beds would further warm.
I will continue tomorrow with a few disturbing conditions now occurring.  The simple solution?

This is too depressing, so let me end with a song from Japan called VENUS SYNDROME.  You will need to click on that attractive girl.


No, not this girl, but the one in the link to VENUS SYNDROME.

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By the way, Hurricane Linda at 135 MPH  suddenly appeared in the eastern Pacific


Looks like a definite weakening and path towards Hawaii.

I continue to be intrigued about Typhoon (former Hurricane) Kilo, now at 75 MPH, which began south of Hawaii and now is getting close to Japan:


That's Japan to the left.  All signs show weakening and a move north, parallel, but sufficiently distanced, from land.

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