We are touching--no, pounding--untouched stretches of the earth... And this will come back to haunt us
. Can I just say that this is the point to which globalized capitalism has brought us? And this is the point that Marxist vision could not foresee.
The tragedy of this is that the global economy is still in the grip of a system that cannot see beyond one or two years at most, and this system owns almost all of the world's governments. So, such discoveries by committed scientists amount to, "hold on for the ride":
A vast expanse of western Sibera is undergoing an unprecedented thaw that could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists warn today.
Researchers who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres - the size of France and Germany combined - has started to melt for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.
The area, which covers the entire sub-Arctic region of western Siberia, is the world's largest frozen peat bog and scientists fear that as it thaws, it will release billions of tonnes of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.