Monday, July 13, 2009

Yaba Daba D'oh

My guess is that most of the greenhouse gases back then were caused by Fred driving the Flintstone mobile right after eating that large order of Brontosaurus ribs at the diner.

From Breibart:
Mystery mechanism drove global warming 55 million years ago

A runaway spurt of global warming 55 million years ago turned Earth into a hothouse but how this happened remains worryingly unclear, scientists said on Monday.

Previous research into this period, called the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM, estimates the planet's surface temperature blasted upwards by between five and nine degrees Celsius (nine and 16.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in just a few thousand years.

The Arctic Ocean warmed to 23 C (73 F), or about the temperature of a lukewarm bath.

How PETM happened is unclear but climatologists are eager to find out, as this could shed light on aspects of global warming today.

What seems clear is that a huge amount of heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases --natural, as opposed to man-made -- were disgorged in a very short time.

The theorised sources include volcanic activity and the sudden release of methane hydrates in the ocean.

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