A DP correspondent has alerted us to the release of recent research documenting increasing quantities of methane gas, released from the Arctic Ocean as permafrost recedes. Over thirty times more potent than carbon dioxide, the released methane leads to increased temperatures which in turn lead to increased release of methane, creating a feedback loop with intensely negative implications.
A surge in Arctic storm activity has further contributed to methane release; according to researcher Natalia Shakhova, “The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe. … This is what affects the number of cyclones. This is what affects the sea ice, which is shrinking.”
We recall the final words ever delivered to a public audience by the philosopher-prophet Hans Jonas, upon accepting the Premio Nonnino prize way back in 1993:
The outcries increase in volume, yet human ears hear only what they want to hear. While tracking the Jonas quote online, we came across an excellent essay by Robert Jensen, worth reading here in its entirety. Jensen begins:
Among those doing the real work are the Arctic 30, presently out on bail, but far from being out of danger.