Burning ice. Methane hydrate

methane hydrate
Methane hydrate is a solid form of water containing large amounts of methane, occurring in vast quantity (“2-10x the currently known reserves of conventional natural gas”) on ocean floors. When warmed or depressurized, it turns into water and natural gas. However, there’s a big downside too.

Methane, a “greenhouse” gas, is 10 times more effective than carbon dioxide in causing climate warming.

Extraction could also cause landslides on the ocean floor, releasing huge amounts of methane. Japan has especially large amounts offshore and is doing major research into extracting it.

Like it or not, extraction of methane hydrates will probably happen, let’s hope it’s done sanely and safely.