Video: Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb

2 June 2014 — The Greanville Post

Perhaps the most under-reported important story of our time

Typical of our time, and where our species’  head is at (a very dark tunnel…) although on YouTube, and free to be viewed by one and all, it has gotten under 60,000 views.

By contrast, the stupid gangnam dance craze has just topped 2 billion views. Two billion visits, folks.  Talk about a misled, miseducated, self-indulgent species. —PG

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29 February 2012

December 2011

Dear World Leader
Emergency intervention to stabilize Arctic sea ice and thereby Arctic methane is today a matter of our survival.

Ameg map

I write to you on behalf of the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, which includes among its founding members Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics, Cambridge; Stephen Salter, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, Edinburgh; and Brian Orr, former Principal Science Officer at the UK DoE (as was). The Group has received support and advice from many pre-eminent climate science colleagues around the world. The purpose of this letter is to respectfully bring to your attention new evidence of the rapidly deepening climate change crisis in the Arctic. We appeal to you to support our call to put the imminent loss of Arctic summer sea ice and escalation of Arctic methane emissions at the top of the climate change agenda and to support emergency measures to cool the Arctic.

Wikileaks Newslinks 3 August 2011

3 August 2011 —

Mexico: American Ambassador Is Confirmed
New York Times
The former ambassador, Carlos Pascual, resigned in March after a public dispute with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico over embassy documents released by WikiLeaks. The documents showed him and other American officials criticizing Mexican authorities …

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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 22-28 August, 2010

28 August, 2010 — Strategic culture foundation

The Rising Star of Gen. Hamid Gul
“The former General holds that the longer the US forces stay in the region – in Iraq and Afghanistan (or in Pakistan, if they choose to move into the country) – the more they will antagonize the respective populations… Gul’s understanding of the causes of the September 11 tragedy deserve particular attention. He is convinced that it was a covert operation aimed at creating a pretext “for entering Afghanistan and using it as a launch pad to enter Pakistan and dominate the region”…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Fourlateral Summit in Sochi
“On August 18-19, the presidents of Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan convened for the second time in Sochi. The summit was mainly necessitated by the recent tensions between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and by the coming pullout of the US forces from Afghanistan. No doubt, the withdrawal will tilt the geopolitical balance in Central Asia and, in particular, will expose Tajikistan – a republic sharing a long and poorly equipped border with Afghanistan – to serious risks…”

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Global Research: Militarization and Western Power Selected Articles 31 July, 2009

31 July, 2009 – Global Research

David and Goliath: Bosnian Serbs Against the West
– by Wanda Schindley – 2009-07-31

The Winners Are Grinners: US Uses Afghan War To Besiege Russia At Ferocious Pace
– by Alfred Ross – 2009-07-31

Iran FM: West accomplice in post-vote killings
– 2009-07-31

Violence increases in Russia’s Caucasus republics
– by Niall Green – 2009-07-31

Britain: CCTV Surveillance into Thousands of British Homes
– 2009-07-31

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Canada: In Service To The Pentagon And NATO At Home And Abroad By Rick Rozoff

17 April, 2009 – Global ResearchStop NATO

Canada is the only nation in the world whose mainland borders three of the world’s five oceans: The Arctic, The Atlantic and the Pacific.

The United States only secured access to the Arctic Ocean with the acquisition of non-contiguous Alaska from Russia in 1867 and Russia can only access the Atlantic through the Barents and Norwegian Seas.

The three oceans in question are exactly those in and over which Russia has recently resumed strategic air patrols and naval and submarine deployments starting in late 2007 after a hiatus of almost twenty years.

Should East-West tensions parallel – or exceed – those of the Cold War era Canada will be on several frontlines and is now being actively prepared for just such an eventuality.

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The Methane Time Bomb By Steve Connor

24 September, 2008
The Independent

The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists.

The Independent has been passed details of preliminary findings suggesting that massive deposits of sub-sea methane are bubbling to the surface as the Arctic region becomes warmer and its ice retreats.

Underground stores of methane are important because scientists believe their sudden release has in the past been responsible for rapid increases in global temperatures, dramatic changes to the climate, and even the mass extinction of species. Scientists aboard a research ship that has sailed the entire length of Russia’s northern coast have discovered intense concentrations of methane – sometimes at up to 100 times background levels – over several areas covering thousands of square miles of the Siberian continental shelf.

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