Arctic sea ice has dropped steadily

Arctic sea ice has dropped steadily and significantly in the last 50 years. Atmospheric concentrations of methane have more than doubled in the same time frame.

Methane hydrates are stored in permafrost, and on the ocean floor. Not only have global methane concentrations been skyrocketting (from a historical maximum within the last 10,000 prior to 1900 being 800 ppb, and current data giving us in excess of 2100 ppb), but the highest values have been found around Greenland and the Arctic.

Is the Arctic ice melting because of a self-reinforcing cycle of rising methane, from global warming, from a hole in the ozone layer? It is hard to know, although I think the first theory is the most likely.

But, if it is the methane rising, which is then triggering more methane to rise, then we will have some serious problems to contend to: an extreme rise in temperatures, far in excess of that projected when only taking anthropogenic CO2 into account.

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After Effects of Hurricane Sandy

English: No fear of global warming here...
 
According to news reports, New York and a few other US states are struggling with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Offices, school and business came to a standstill, which signals a large financial loss. According to initial warnings, three-and-a-half metre high waves could hit the main city areas. People were moved to higher areas and many flights were cancelled or rescheduled. Is this a result of global warming?
 
In the current modern era we have seen many parts of the world suffering from natural disasters such as floods, drought and earthquakes. I would like to mention that it’s not only the poor countries that get affected but the world together is paying a high price for natural disasters. The floods in China displaced about half a million people, even Russia witnessed the worst floods in its history; Australia destroyed thousands of acres of land and homes and now it’s the US. Unfortunately despite these disasters the world has failed to control the rising temperature of the Earth.
The last global summit on climate failed to bring any positive change due to the world powers being selfish and blaming each other for raising the level of carbon emissions. Global warming is indirectly harming the already weak world economy. It is high time that the world gets together and each individual and every country contributes to protect the planet.

KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ

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Global warming: need for code of conduct

The Discovery of Global Warming
The Discovery of Global Warming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OWING to rising global warming things are going from bad to worse in several countries but the UN and other developed countries have failed to prepare a code of conduct for developed countries which are responsible for global warming.
The rising temperature of the earth has forced several countries to face worse weather conditions. Owing to global warming and uncertain weather conditions, the poor population is worse affected. High rates of suicides and the rising graph of social crimes are now giving alarm balls in several countries.
China and Russia are seeing worse floods as thousands of people are forced to migrate to other parts of the country. The US is facing its worst drought in 25 years and experts warn that US grain prices could rise in several countries.
Now owing to financial difficulties and rising prices for basic commodities tragic stories are coming from poor communities. Owing to the worst drought and lack of jobs the poor are not able to provide daily necessities to their families.
Children are forced to work long hours for a small amount of money. In India a record number of farmers committed suicide due to financial difficulties this year and many in urgent need of money were forced to sell their organs.
According to media news, due to extreme poverty a mother sold her four-month-old baby to a Nepali couple for Rs 64.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
Jeddah
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Global warming

Global warming ubx
 
According to media reports people of New York City and much of the US East Coast braced themselves for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. New York City shut down its mass transit system, closed its schools and ordered hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes Sunday in the face of dire predictions about the hurricane.
According to initial warnings, it could be the largest storm – with a diameter of more than 1,500 kilometers when measured by the extent of damaging-force winds — to hit the United States. The storm sheer size and power not the intensity at its core poses the gravest danger. Seven thousand flights around the city have already canceled or rescheduled. On the instructions of city Mayor Michael Bloomberg 375,000 people are migrating from low lying areas to high areas.

Due to the global warming, we are seeing worst kinds of flooding, hurricanes and droughts in many countries. Not only poor countries but rich countries are also a paying a high price for natural disasters. Now from China to Russia and Australia to the US, no one is safe. Only month ago more than half million population migrated from flood affected areas of China, just days ago Russia also witnessed its worst floods of its recent history.

Last year floods in Australia destroyed thousands of acres of land and homes. Unfortunately despite growing global warming and increasing natural disasters, world community has failed to control raising temperature of earth which is main cause of this type of disasters and ordinary people are falling victims. Due to selfishness of big powers, last global summit failed to bring about any positive change and big powers are still blaming each other for raising level of carbon on earth. Record numbers of floods and hurricanes are adding to woes of already weak world economy. Only combined efforts of modern world can minimize these natural disasters.

— Khawaja Umer Farooq, Jeddah

      

 

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