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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Environmental Freakout Part NN

SIBERIAN PERMAFROST!!! AAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!

6 comments:

Tom said...

Yes, I saw this. Methane, the worst Greenhouse gas of them all. Absolutely appalling: exactly the kind of positive feedback/tipping point that could do for us all. And no amount of wind turbines on Notting Hill houses are going to save us.

Colin said...

The New Scientist was on the case a year ago. Sometimes I think 'just bring it on, we deserve it, get it over with'.

On a brighter (well, not really) note, JG Ballard's new novel looks promising...

john said...

Though apparently Methane only hangs around for 10 years before degrading into less yobbish molecules.

As I mentioned before I find reading the Real Climate website quite soothing - they all seem to know what they're talking about and aren't freaking out (quite) much as certain humanities graduates...

Tom said...

I often find myself echoing Colin's sentiments. In a way, I'm partly looking forward to ecological catastrope, if only to bring a deservedly violent end to Western capitalism and consumer culture. It's just a shame that everyone else (in fact, particularly everyone else) will have to suffer as well.

john said...

ummm - i don't think i'm looking forward to an ecological catastrophe. not that much of an upside to them as far as i can see...

Colin said...

But think of the post-apocalyptic biker gangs, John. That's got to count for something...