Albeit getting little to no attention by the media, a scientific study published in the December issue of Palaeoworld journal warns that if the so-called Arctic methane timebomb were to go off, it would release "the equivalent of at least 1,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide." Combined with the 1,475 gigatons of carbon dioxide produced by humans since the year 1850, the release of methane hydrate would render this event apocalyptic. Meanwhile, this happens.
"Global warming triggered by the massive release of carbon dioxide may be catastrophic," reads the study's abstract. "But the release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic."
The study, titled "Methane Hydrate: Killer Cause of Earth's Greatest Mass Extinction," highlights the fact that the most significant variable in the Permian Mass Extinction event, which occurred 250 million years ago and annihilated 90 percent of all the species on the planet, was methane hydrate.
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