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Methane Levels - The Update

Methane levels may see 'runaway' rise, scientists warn - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent

Atmospheric levels of methane, the greenhouse gas which is much more powerful than carbon dioxide, have risen significantly for the last three years running, scientists will disclose today – leading to fears that a major global-warming "feedback" is beginning to kick in...
Now comes the first news that levels of methane in the atmosphere, which began rising in 2007 when an unprecedented heatwave in the Arctic caused a record shrinking of the sea ice, have continued to rise significantly through 2008 and 2009.
The new figures will be revealed this morning at a major two-day conference on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere...the two scientists will reveal that, after a decade of near-zero growth, "globally averaged atmospheric methane increased by [approximately] 7ppb (parts per billion) per year during 2007 and 2008."
They go on: "During the first half of 2009, globally averaged atmospheric CH4 was [approximately] 7ppb greater than it was in 2008, suggesting that the increase will continue in 2009.

Huh? Let's look out the window, yes, we are in 2010. So why are they hypothesising about what may happen in the latter half of 2009? Have they broken their measuring flask?

Luckily the guys at Mauna Loa still have theirs.

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Now you have the latest data let us discuss if the levels are "running away".

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"Now comes the first news that levels of methane in the atmosphere, which began rising in 2007 when an unprecedented heatwave in the Arctic caused a record shrinking of the sea ice, have continued to rise significantly through 2008 and 2009."

Except, the arctic ice shrink was caused by winds. Not long after it actually happened even NASA went with the the wind driven breakup hypothesis. See one of the links early in this recent WUWT article:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/19/jpl-missing-ice-in-2007-drained-out-the-nares-straight-pushed-south-by-wind-where-it-melted-far-away-from-the-arctic/

Oh God, they never give up do they?

Called out for their bluster, exaggeration, and lies based on CO2 levels, they switch - without even breaking step - to another new panic.

No doubt we'll all have to go back to living in caves, pay huge taxes every time we fart, etc etc.

And no doubt it will turn out that Al Gore has cornered the market in Methane cap-and-trade deals.

All together now - "Just Shut Up, you've been rumbled!"

I note that the scentists reporting the increase quite explicitly state they do not know why it is happening, and that it may not mean much - a two year increase. I agree with them that it may be a problem, and should be investigated - which they are doing.

The rest is just typical "unbiased and with multiple levels of editing" media crap. Hey, maybe it is actually from the decomposition of all those Egyptian pigs that were killed because of "swine flu" idiocy! Or increased levels of rotting garbage, because there are no longer pigs to eat it!

John A - increased levels of garbage, because pigs are no longer allowed to eat it, that should have been.

It's an EU regulation, of course.

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