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Climate Change

This is with reference to the article by Nagraj Adve (“The IPCC’s ‘Summary for Policymakers’: A Comment”, EPW, 11 January 2014). Actually, the issues arising from the sea ice melt, as a positive feedback process, are a lot more profoundly disturbing than this article suggests.

This is so because large amounts of frozen methane in both soils and seas are to be found around the melting poles, and methane is 10 to 20 times more “potent” (i e, causative of further warming directly or indirectly) than CO2, and would result in a sudden surge in the warming effect if a big methane release emerged. The early signs of such a release are already there, with massive growth of methane flumes in both arctic waters and Siberian bogs.

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