Russian scientists have discovered hundreds of plumes of methane gas, some 1,000 meters in diameter, bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Scientists are concerned that as the Arctic Shelf recedes, the unprecedented levels of gas released could greatly accelerate global climate change.
Igor Semiletov of the Russian Academy of Sciences tells the UK’s Independent that the plumes of methane, a gas 20 times as harmful as carbon dioxide, have shocked scientists who have been studying the region for decades. “Earlier we found torch-like structures like this but they were only tens of meters in diameter,” he said. “This is the first time that we’ve found continuous, powerful and impressive seeping structures, more than 1,000 metres in diameter. It’s amazing.”
Semiletov said that while his research team has discovered more than 100 plumes, they estimate there to be “thousands” over the wider area, extending from the Russian mainland to the East Siberian Arctic Shelf.
“In a very small area, less than 10,000 square miles, we have counted more than 100 fountains, or torch-like structures, bubbling through the water column and injected directly into the atmosphere from the seabed,”
“We carried out checks at about 115 stationary points and discovered methane fields of a fantastic scale — I think on a scale not seen before. Some plumes were a kilometer or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere — the concentration was a hundred times higher than normal.”
Pope: Climate Change Agreement "Now or Never," Humanity on the "Edge of Suicide" 2015-12-01 19:24
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In his most apocalyptic language to date, Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal plane returning from Africa that the COP21 climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for humanity to avert environmental destruction.
The pope discussed global warming and other issues during an hour-long press conference aboard the papal plane ...
Protest outside of asylum center after rape of 14 yr old Finnish girl 2015-12-01 19:56
Tensions are high in Finland with an asylum centre emptied as protesters march outside.
Media reports of alleged rapes by asylum seekers have stoked up tensions as the country houses up to 35,000 new arrivals this year.
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Finns protest outside of asylum center after rape of 14 yr old Finnish girl
Swedish nationalists reach record poll support, could become largest party 2015-12-01 18:02
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party has polled 19.9 percent, the group's highest-ever projected share of the electoral vote in a survey by Statistics Sweden.
Twice a year, Sweden's number crunching agency Statistics Sweden asks more than 9,000 people about their voting preferences in the country's biggest political poll.
In Novermber in a poll by Sentios, SD reached and all time high at ...
"Refugees" to be moved from Sweden by EU relocation programme 2015-12-01 18:52
Sweden will soon benefit from a "relocation" programme for some of its asylum seekers, the European Commissioner of Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos has said.
"Sweden is among the group of member states that has welcomed the highest number of refugees this year," Avramopoulos said at a press conference in Stockholm on Monday, adding that Sweden had made "tremendous efforts".
In September, the EU ...
"Clock Boy" Ahmed Homesick in Qatar, Wants to Come Back to Texas 2015-12-01 18:35
Within days of demanding a total of $15 million from the City of Irving and the Irving Independent School District, â€śClock Boyâ€ť Ahmed Mohamed announced in a long distance phone interview from Qatar, he is homesick and wants to come home to Texas now.
In October, Ahmed accepted a fully-funded education scholarship from the Qatar Foundation, an organization with reputed ties ...