Robert Frost asked if the world would end by fire or ice. I think he also wrote a poem that said: Not with a bang, but a whimper.
Well, it turns out it may be with a whimper. In Siberia, global warming is melting the permafrost, and the ground is emitting methane gas. The same stuff scientists were pointing their fingers at cows for a few years ago. The areas that have been dug up are shooting fire up into the sky. Apparently, if this gas gets circulated around the globe it’s going to decimate agriculture and we’re all going to die.
31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
The nations were angry; and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your saints and those who reverence your name,
both small and great—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.
Thanks for the link Duckster, and thanks for the correct author Shakester. I wasn’t sure of the source.
From the news story, the situation seems to be dire enough to have drawn the attention of several scientists. When I saw this on the news I wondered how global warming can be questioned and how/why it seems to have become a political issue. And since methane gas stinks, it just seems ironic to me that the world seems to be trying to gas itself to death. Nothing dramatic or awe-inspiring—but smothering itself with “farts.”
So if natural methane is odorless etc. how did that guy in Siberia track it down/understand what it is? I mean, who digs a hole and then lights a match to see if something will ignite. Or is a “man” thing, like what Ellen Cherry is talking about?