Microbes might be gatekeepers of the planet’s greatest greenhouse gas reserves

Massive greenhouse gas reserves, frozen deep under the seabed, are alarmingly now starting to thaw. That’s according to an international team of scientists whose preliminary findings were recently reported in the Guardian. These deposits, technically called methane “gas hydrates”, are often described as “fiery ice” due to the parlour trick of burning atop a Bunsen burner what appears to be ice.

New assessment of gas locked in ice in European waters

University of Southampton A study led by the University of Southampton has mapped several sites in Europe containing gas hydrate – a relatively clean fuel which could help bridge the gap between fossil fuels and renewables. Vast amounts of natural gas are stored in an ice-like form beneath the seabed, under the deep seafloor, close…

Conventional Wisdom, Unconventional Oil

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s a discussion over at Judith Curry’s excellent blog, about peak oil. I find the whole madness surrounding peak oil to be one more example of our human love for warnings of future disaster. Few people want to hear that tomorrow will be OK, that things will work out. Instead,…