The Curious Appearance of Kilometre-wide Methane Flumes

In my first novel, Scat, I mention that Earth in 2203 is a resource-depleted and climatically challenged place and that Man had to push out into space to bring back the minerals it needed to repair its climate and keep its factories open. It’s a backstory that allows for the discovery of an artefact, the New World’s rebellion, the opening of Earth-replica planets across the galaxy and the rediscovery of something we lost hundreds of years before.

I chose 2203 as the starting date because the impact of climate change and Man’s achievements in space exploration technology (flux-drive, far dark light fuel etc) had to coincide, but maybe I was being too optimistic about Earth’s ability to sustain us up to that point.


A recent email from indicates that methane release from under the oceans has grown dramatically over a relatively shot period and that we could be on the cusp of a near-term catastrophe. Science has yet to prove this, but there are signs that methane is 20-30 times more harmful than carbon dioxide when released into the atmosphere. And whereas methane releases are commonplace and have occurred for hundreds of years, in recent years the acceleration of these releases and the scale of them has grown exponentially. Some flumes are now one kilometre wide. There are hundreds of these flumes. Here’s a link to‘s campaign to get that fixed, and to a couple of others that explain the discoveries. Here¬†and here.

I won’t be going back to revise Scat until the jury is in, but the unintended consequences of Man’s activities on our planet might require me to change Scat from a scifi thriller to a near-future horror story. I’d rather not, of course. Revising and editing a novel and then uploading a new document to Amazon can be a bitch. More so than wearing a gas mask.


Scat is currently free to download to your preferred ereader from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony Reader Store, Diesel and Apple.

Clean air is also free. Long may it last.