This MIT News article actually came out about eight months ago, but of course the “mainstream” media has been too busy trying to sell cap-and-trade schemes to us to have time to cover anything actually factual regarding global temperatures.
Until recently, the leveling off of methane levels had suggested that the rate of its emission from the Earth’s surface was approximately balanced by the rate of its destruction in the atmosphere.
However, since early 2007 the balance has been upset, according to a paper on the new findings being published this week in Geophysical Review Letters. The paper’s lead authors, postdoctoral researcher Matthew Rigby and Ronald Prinn, the TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, say this imbalance has resulted in several million metric tons of additional methane in the atmosphere. Methane is produced by wetlands, rice paddies, cattle, and the gas and coal industries, and is destroyed by reaction with the hydroxyl free radical (OH), often referred to as the atmosphere’s “cleanser.”
One surprising feature of this recent growth is that it occurred almost simultaneously at all measurement locations across the globe. However, the majority of methane emissions are in the Northern Hemisphere, and it takes more than one year for gases to be mixed from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. Hence, theoretical analysis of the measurements shows that if an increase in emissions is solely responsible, these emissions must have risen by a similar amount in both hemispheres at the same time.
You can read the original pdf version here.
“…balanced by the rate of its destruction in the atmosphere.” Hmmm. So the planet can self-regulate, eh? The earth-worshippers must have missed that little tidbit.
Also, notice that since these methane levels rose worldwide instead of following what the scientists say is the normal “produced in the north and passed to the south” cycle, and that this seems to indicate a global and thus natural occurrence?
Of course, there is much much simpler and more compelling evidence that climate change is a natural, cycle phenomenon, including climate fluctuations going back thousands of years in Greenland, temperature data tracking with solar activity and not human activity, warming occurring on other planets like Mars and Jupiter, and more.
But if you’re determined to scuttle the economy of the United States on the altar of socialist dreams, what are a few facts and some common sense to get in your way?