May 07, 2012

Thunder Lizards!

The latest bit of climate scare science gives a whole new meaning to the term Thunder Lizards!

Daily Mail:

Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists.

Professor Graeme Ruxton of St Andrews University, Scotland, said the giant animals spent 150 years emitting the potent global warming gas, methane.

Large plant-eating sauropods would have been the main culprits because of the huge amounts of greenery they consumed.

The team calculated the animals would have collectively produced more than 520m tons of methane a year - more than all today's modern sources put together.

It is thought these huge amounts could easily have been enough to warm the planet.

Of course they leave out that free methane cannot exist for long on a planet with free oxygen and water. Oxygen and water combine to break down Methane. Its the reason that free methane detected on Mars indicates either active volcanism or life. Those are the only two processes that could be putting new methane into Mars' atmosphere. Mars has enough water and free oxygen to have converted all is methane to Formaldehyde unless its continually replaced. The Formaldehyde breaks down again to water and C02.

In fact during the age of Thunder Lizards there was less free oxygen in the atmosphere to convert methane. But that's not the worst. Before life created free oxygen in large amounts the atmosphere contained over 1000 times today's level of methane.

Unfortunately the dinosaurs all died and today methane levels are less than half as they were back then. Had it not been for those pesky meteors and volcanoes wiping out the pesky thunder lizards we might have been able to skip a couple of the half dozen or so ice ages between then and now.

Which points out something. Climate stasis is a myth. Earth's climate is always changing, it is never stable. Climate scientists pointing out grave consequences from our actions on climate aren't wrong, but the assumption that we nor the earth can survive is incorrect.

The Earth and its life have survived even larger shifts in climate and atmosphere over geologic history. Our contributions are not even the largest recorded influence on these systems.

Still life goes on and environmental science keeps propagating the myth of man made climate stability. Even if we spent every dollar on earth to impose a false climatic stasis on the earth. The first super volcanic eruption or asteroid strike would undo all our work in a matter of days if not minutes. And there's not a damn thing we could do about it.

My opinion, as always, is that our inability to adapt to constantly changing climatic conditions is a myth. As big as the myth that we have the ability to control it.

Update by SH:

It's true!!

By Howie at 11:36 AM | Comments |