(via SourceFed) It turns out that all the melting up in the arctic due to global warming is releasing pockets of methane into the atmosphere. So, the more climate change we cause, the more natural greenhouse gasses that used to be underground get released into the atmosphere. Mother▓▓▓▓er.
According to the BBC, methane levels had plateaued between around 2002 and 2006, but have started rising again. It is apparently controversial whether this is an issue of immediate concern:
How serious and how immediate a threat this feedback mechanism presents is a controversial area, with some scientists believing that the impacts will not be seen for many decades, and others pointing out the possibility of a rapid release that could swiftly accelerate global warming.
But I don't like the fact that the bright-side view is that things will be fine for at least a number of decades. I intend to be alive for decades. If it were centuries, I might feel okay. Maybe two or three generations from now, all the idiots will have died off, and the people around at the time will be able to handle this kind of thing.
On a semi-related note, the SourceFed video on the topic ended with the question,
So where do you guys stand on this issue? Do you think global warming is a fabrication, or do you think it's super-real? Let us know in the comments below.
It does not cheer me up to know that this conversation is still being framed in terms of true and false. I believe that at this point the discussion question should be, "How do you think the world should be handling the climate change issue?"