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We’re f***ed: scientist on #danger from #ocean #methane plumes


By Megan Darby
The scientists took measurements from icebreaker ship Oden. (Pic: Stockholm University/Stella Papadopoulou)The scientists took measurements from icebreaker ship Oden. (Pic: Stockholm University/Stella Papadopoulou)

When researchers from Stockholm University found plumes of methane rising from the seabed, the chief scientist’s response was mild.

“This was somewhat of a surprise,” Örjan Gustafsson wrote in his blog .

When glaciologist and blogger Jason Box saw their findings, he put it rather more strongly: “That’s damn scary.”

The subject of Box’s concern was methane released from the ocean. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with around 20 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide.

What is more, the scientists suspect climate change could make such methane releases more likely, in a feedback loop.

Box, who has been studying the Greenland ice sheet’s sensitivity to weather and climate for 20 years, was already losing sleep about occasional spikes in methane levels in the area. He called these outlying results “dragon’s breath”.

While there was growing evidence of high methane levels  over the Arctic Ocean, this Swedish study was the first to record methane bubbles rising to the surface.

Gustafsson and his team were exploring the Laptev Sea, on the edge of the Arctic.

From icebreaker ship Oden, they used sonar and chemical analysis to measure methane in the water.

They found plumes of the gas rising from depths of between 150m and 500m. Levels of dissolved methane in the water were between 10 and 50 times background levels.

Gustafsson said the gas may be released from methane hydrates collapsing on the sea bed.

“While there has been much speculation about the vulnerability of regular marine hydrates along the continental slopes of the Arctic rim, very few actual observations of methane releases due to collapsing marine hydrates on the Arctic slope have been made,” he blogged.

A “tongue” of warmer water from the Atlantic could be behind the breakdown of methane hydrates. There is some evidence that part of the ocean is getting warmer.

Box said the findings showed the importance of reducing man-made carbon emissions.

“Fossil fuel burning is the trigger mechanism poking the climate dragon,” he wrote. “The cautionary principle makes clear we have to keep this dragon in the ground.”

RTCC.

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure?



An exercise by the Healthy Air Campaign, King’s College London and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London. The monitoring found that that travelling on foot or by bike exposed commuters to significantly fewer fumes than using a car or bus.

The Guardian.


Editors Note: The same could probably be said for every major city in the world, air pollution kills more people than alcohol and tobacco combined yet our governments seem slow to implement measures to combat this.

Russian soldiers brag on Internet about repainting 300 KAMAZ trucks to carry ‘humanitarian aid’


Ukraine — by Novoye VremyaOlena GoncharovaThe Russian authorities claimed there was no military cargo in the humanitarian convoy to Ukraine, soldiers of the Russian army bragged in the social networks that even the trucks themselves were military vehicles, hastily repainted white.The Russian authorities claimed there was no military cargo in the humanitarian convoy to Ukraine, soldiers of the Russian army bragged in the social networks that even the trucks themselves were military vehicles, hastily repainted white. © Courtesy

Amid fears of a full-scale Russian invasion disguised as humanitarian assistance, the Kremlin announced on Aug. 12 that it was sending nearly 300 trucks of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Although the Russian authorities claimed there was no military cargo in the convoy, soldiers of the Russian army bragged in their social networks that even the trucks themselves were military vehicles, hastily repainted white.

Euromaidan PR: Russia Is Preparing To Invade Ukraine Under The Cover Of Humanitarian Aid, Aug 12 2014

A member of Taman Motorized Rifle Division antiaircraft unit Semen Borisov wrote on his vKontakte page that 300 military KAMAZ were repainted white for the further transportation to Ukraine.

“We loaded ‘humanitarian aid’ to KAMAZ trucks today,” reads the post. “There are canned food, baby food, water, medicines, sleeping bags and electrical generators. There were some 300 military trucks, all were repainted in white,” Borisov wrote on Aug 12.

A member of Taman Motorized Rifle Division antiaircraft unit Semen Borisov wrote on his vKontakte page that 300 military KAMAZ were repainted white for the further transportation to Ukraine.A member of Taman Motorized Rifle Division antiaircraft unit Semen Borisov wrote on his vKontakte page that 300 military KAMAZ were repainted white for the further transportation to Ukraine.

His post said the painting job was done in the past few days. His post was followed by a dialog where other users asked if the tucks were meant to go to Ukraine.

Are the the 'KAMAZ' trucks for Ukraine?

The Kremlin said previously that the convoy of 298 trucks was a part of the Red Cross mission to relieve a humanitarian disaster in Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine. But the Red Cross said there was no such agreement.

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The Ukrainian government said Russians were supposed to take part in a Red Cross-led mission to Ukraine, but they were not supposed to provide vehicles. President Petro Poroshenko’s Spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said that the Red Cross will provide new vehicles and Russian humanitarian aid will be reloaded onto the new trucks.

Itar Tass news agency reported that the Russian KAMAZ convoy departed from the outskirts of Moscow on Aug 12. Former President Leonid Kuchma told Interfax news agency that the convoy is set to cross the border in Kharkiv Oblast, but Ukraine’s authorities denied that such an agreement was reached.

Russian Convoy

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Missing you…



My Mum Beatrice (Betty) passed away on 11th August, 2011.

Mum suffered from Alzheimers for a little over 6 years (4 of which she was wanting to go home to her mum). She was a mother of 7 boys & 5 Girls, Nanny to 39 grandchildren, Great Nanny to 45+ great-grandchildren.

Her passing marked the end of a dynasty, but she is now reunited with her beloved husband Gerarde and her mother whom she missed terribly.

I now know how my mum felt as I miss her every minute of every day and although I talk to mum all the time I no longer feel her presence, but I live in the hope that I will see her again soon.

(English) Saving Nadiya Savchenko. Ukraine Crisis Media Center



The international community has become more aware in recent days of Savchenko’s case, with stories running in some of the world’s leading media, while Wikipedia, the global web-based encyclopedia, has added an entry about Savchenko. Moreover, Congressman Chris Gibson filed an official record with the U.S. congress on Aug. 3.

Russia has accused Savchenko of participating in the murder of Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine. Attorneys Mark Feygin, known for providing legal services for the anti-Putin punk rock band Pussy Riot, and Ilya Novikov represent Savchenko’s interests in court.

Russian statements say Savchenko illegally crossed the border into the Russian Federation, while she claims she was kidnapped.

On July 25, the Voronezh court ordered to detain Savchenko until Aug. 30, despite her attorneys’ attempts to persuade the judge to release the Ukrainian officer on 500,000 rubles bail. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry declared Nadiya a political prisoner.

Savchenko’s sister, Vira, is actively involved in the movement to return the officer to Ukraine. On July 19, she published Savchenko’s six-page letter to the Ukrainian people on her Facebook page (see here and here).

“Now there are too many tricks on the geopolitical (stage). I would really be against becoming a political toy,” Nadiya wrote in the letter. “I believe Ukraine will be able to amaze the world.”

“I’m reading books, 500 pages a day. I’ve never thought I’d able to do this. Overall, I don’t like reading too much,” she said about her life in Russian prison.


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