Sunday, May 31, 2015

Arctic Methane Skyrocketing

The map below shows observatories in the Arctic.

    'Arctic methane skyrocketing' is the title of a video by Paul Beckwith discussing recent rises in methane levels in the Arctic.

    Paul's description: "I discuss how ground level flask measurements of methane have been spiking upwards over the last few years. I analyze the implications to the breakdown of climate stability, causing jet stream fracturing and weather regime change. I believe that this behaviour will rapidly worsen as Arctic temperature amplification continues, leading our planet to a much warmer and unrecognizable climate over the next 5 to 10 years."

    Below are some NOAA images showing methane levels (surface flasks) recorded at Arctic observatories.

    Below is an image showing hourly average in situ measurements at Barrow, Alaska, including one very high reading, from an earlier post.

    The image below shows sea surface temperature anomalies in the Arctic on May 30, 2015.

    The situation is dire and calls for comprehensive and effective action, as discussed at the Climate Plan page.

    Sea surface temperature anomalies in the Arctic on May 30, 2015. From the post: 'Arctic Methane Skyrocketing'

    Posted by Sam Carana on Sunday, May 31, 2015


    1. Thanks, Paul, for the report.

    2. Projecting out ten years , it all looks very grim.

      Matthew (Australia)

    3. I always do my best to get people informed about what's going on, Thank you ALOT for the work you're doing. My gf and I have boycotted gas(except occasional bus fare) and only 150kwh/mo. Avg. of fossil derived elec.

    4. Does make the "we have 30 years of IPCC in 2014 sound ridiculous. We need action 40 years ago!