Unlike the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the leaking methane into the Laptev sea is virtually unstoppable now. In time, the damage to the planet will be far, far greater then the oil spill was to the Gulf Coast.
But you have to realize some things that are still not being said. We all know methane is far worse for the climate then carbon dioxide, and that its contribution to greenhouse warming effects are far higher.
‘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. Over a relatively small area, we found more than 100, but over a wider area, there should be thousands of them.’
They are expecting to find thousands of these plumes, which are over 1,000′ in diameter (each). The contribution these methane plumes will be making rivals the methane contributions now being recorded in the melting permafrost.
If just 3% – 4% of these emissions reach the atmosphere, the atmospheric methane concentration will suddenly jump tens to hundreds of times. This will lead to very rapid global warming.
I’ve seen other reports depicting very sudden shifts of warming events in the historical record, encompassing as little as 2 – 3 years. My take on this is the methane hydrate “gun” has been fired for sure.
What is not being said (and probably won’t until it’s too obvious to ignore) is what this means for human survival.