Is it possible that a sudden release of methane from the shallow sea floor could cause a runaway greenhouse effect?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    You're referring to methane clathrates -and yes it's a possibility.

    • Horse
      Lv 4
      2 months agoReport

      Cowboy is a Dirac sock account.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, that is possible.

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  • 2 months ago

    So you're suggesting that earth farts are worse than cow farts? They, of course, are. A single active volcano emits more pollutants than every factory on the planet.

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  • JimZ
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    2 months ago

    Methane clathrates are formed in an environment and depth that isn't likely to change significantly due to minor warming at the surface.  It has largely been debunked as a threat but that doesn't stop ignorant alarmists from lying to scare people into accepting their leftist agenda.  It forms all the time and it frequently releases vast quantities from time to time on a local level but not on a significant global level.  Any methane that is released quickly converts to CO2 and water.  It might make a good Hollywood horror movie but it would be based on fiction, not science.

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  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It is already happening, although not that suddenly. It started with carbon dioxide and some methane raising temperatures enough to release the methane hydrates in the arctic. Methane is ten times as powerful as CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The juggernaut has started to roll. The only change likely will be that people heavily invested in fossil fuels are going to invest in companies that manufacture air conditioners. Heaven forfend that they do anything to mitigate the problem.

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  • 2 months ago

    Do you admire the Emperor's new clothes each day?

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  • 2 months ago

    No .

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    LOL!  Now the AGW kooks have gone from cow farts to sea farts! 

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  • 2 months ago

    It can, as I heard. But there are plenty more major catastrophes that can cause the same(if not worse) destruction, such as giant meteors, vulcanic eruption, nuclear wars, etc.

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