Global methane baffles global warming scientists, according to a report in TG Daily, 30 October 2008.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recorded a “nearly simultaneous” increase in atmospheric methane throughout the world during 2007. According to TG Daily “This is the first increase in ten years, and what baffles science is that this data contradicts theories stating man is the primary source of increase for this greenhouse gas. It takes about one full year for gases generated in the highly industrial northern hemisphere to cycle through and reach the southern hemisphere. However, since all worldwide levels rose simultaneously throughout the same year, it is now believed this may be part of a natural cycle in mother nature – and not the direct result of man’s contributions.”
The methane measurements were carried out by Matthew Rigby and Ronald Prinn, the TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science and published in Geophysical Review Letters. The TG Daily article concludes with the comment: “We may simply be going through another natural cycle of warmer and colder times – one that’s been observed through a scientific analysis of the Earth to be naturally occurring for hundreds of thousands of years.”
Editorial Comment: Whilst we don’t agree that “mother nature” is the cause, there is no doubt that the earth has gone through cycles of warmer and colder times (such as the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age) without the industrial processes of the last century. Following Noah’s flood, God told Noah that there would be times of heat and cold as long the earth is in existence, and thousands of years of recorded human history have confirmed this.
Whilst human activities do have an impact on the environment, and we have a responsibility to use the earth wisely, there are many forces we have no control over, such as volcanoes, ocean currents and the sun. Rather than looking to a mythical “mother nature”, mankind should be looking to the true Creator God who does control these powerful forces.
Evidence News 12 Dec 2008
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