We're All Going to Die #542: the Melting of the Arctic Permafrost
Did you know that melting of the permafrost in the arctic tundra has reached a tipping point from which we'll never recover? The release of methane - a dramatically more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide - will create unstoppable global warming, which means that not just you and all your loved ones will be boiled alive, but also the puppies. All of them. Every single puppy in the world is doomed to perish due to man's selfishness and greed.
Well, at least that's what is going to happen if you believe this angry Australian guy here.
It’s getting so that the climate change research is even less depressing and predictable than the reaction to it from the vast, weird coalition of deniers. Some of them sitting in their sandals and socks at the computer in the basement laundry, banging out angry retorts to anyone who dares even suggest there might be any problem at all. And some of them sitting very comfortably indeed, in fine suits, swirling snifters of brandy, in offices and boardrooms atop the highest towers of steel and glass.
Some of you have been wondering what Evil Climate Change Denier (TM) James Delingpole has to make of all this. And the answer is, not much.
The reason I say "not much" is not because I don't care (I do, I DO - especially about the darling puppies, talking of which we still haven't got one yet, though we're currently gravitating towards a Cocker spaniel, maybe a working Cocker that I can train to fetch the pheasants I shoot on the estate) but because I've heard it all before.
Melting permafrost; melting glaciers; the sinking Maldives and Tuvalu; drowning Bangladesh; the Greenland ice shelf; Larsen B; the polar bears ...We've been here before many, MANY times. And you know what? It's rubbish. All of it. Not one of the doomsday scenarios predicted by environmental catastrophists bears any serious correlation with hard data or empirical observation. It's just projection, fantasy.
I cover a lot of this in my book Watermelons: the Green Movement's True Colors. (Which I'd heartily recommend by the way as a Christmas present, either to your kids as a kind of Defence Against Dark Arts or to a Greenie friend to enlighten and annoy them). One of the chapters is expressly dedicated to debunking many of the above claims. But it's a chapter I resented having to write for the simple reason that having to rebut these arguments is such a massive waste of everyone's time. They don't stand up. They never have stood up. There is no evidence to support them.
This permafrost meme is no exception. Heaven knows why this particular zombie argument chose this particular moment to resurface. But if you're worried, here's what the experts say. (I mean real experts - as opposed to "environmentalists").
Note especially what German geoscientist and permafrost expert Georg Delisle has to say on the subject:
"…it is utter imbecility to suppose that the entire permafrost could thaw out by the end of the century. It would take thousands of years."
You got that, Angry Australian Guy? Utter imbecility.