Trace Amounts Of Gas Necessary For Life May Make The Seas Smellier

And all because Jim Lynch leads a modern lifestyle: Will warmer seas be smellier?

Parts of the global oceans may get smellier thanks to global warming, according to a recent study.

The culprit is increased production of a sulfur-containing compound by marine plankton called dimethyl sulfide, or DMS. The sea-air smell is described variably as like cabbage or fishy and tangy.

Its link to marine plankton has been known for a while, and in 2007 scientists identified the genes responsible for its production.

Climate scientists are interested in the smelly gas for more reasons than just tickling their inner child: it is a major precursor for aerosols that trigger cloud formation and reflect sunlight back to space.

The new study finds that “DMS is locally much more sensitive to climate change than in previous modeling studies,” Philip Cameron-Smith, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, said in a news release.

Whoa, whoa, let’s back up a second: what does cloud formation and reflected sunlight cause? That’s right, cooler temperatures. But, unfortunately, the planet will be smelly. Personally, I prefer the smell of the ocean over the smell of those big cities which the alarmists have been pushing as super duper awesome.

To find out how the marine plankton and production of the gas will respond as concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide rise, scientists plugged present day values (355 parts per million) and a future value (970 parts per million) into a global ocean biogeochemical model.

Can I get a LOL for “970ppm”? Let’s not forget, most of the history of the Earth had CO2 levels higher than 970, and life survived. And flourished. But, you know

“If this continues unabated this planet will not be habitable by the species that are on it, including humans,” she concluded, “It will be a very different planet. One that is not very conducive to human life.”

Every day is Halloween in Warmist World.

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