What Happens In The Arctic, Does NOT Stay In The Arctic // Published on May 11, 2018
The Arctic is NOT like Las Vegas. What happens there, specifically the rapid darkening due to loss of sea-ice and snow cover is causing accelerated heating, which is disrupting global weather patterns. Extreme weather events around the planet are increasing in frequency of occurrence, intensity, and duration; wreaking havoc on human infrastructure. As the Arctic continues to darken, and heat up, these disruptions to our weather and climate will greatly magnify, and threatens global food supplies.
A Day (Night) in the Life of a Climate Scientist:
I often work late days, getting in late and staying late at night, continuing on my lifelong habit as a night owl. I was returning home from the university about 2 am last night, when I arrived in front of my house and saw a movement inside my car parked on the street in front of my house. It was a very dark night, and the street lights are poor.
I approached the car and couldn’t believe it was mine, so walked behind it verifying my license plate. A dude jumped out of the car, placed a wad of Canadian Tire money in my hand, and bolted to his bike and took off. Fortunately, it had rained that morning and I was carrying an umbrella. I ran behind his bike, and jammed my umbrella between his spokes on the back wheel.
He wiped out, got up fast, and bolted again, running and then jumping on his bike. We repeated this umbrella trick a few more times before he evaded my reach and rode off at top speed. I counted out the wad of Canadian tire money in my hand; it was a grand total of 85 cents. No damage to my car; my wife had forgot to lock it up.
In reflection afterwards, walking past my house and calling the police would have been a better plan. Live and learn. Something new every day!
Extinction Radio Episode 87, 7th May, 2018 – Paul Beckwith, Carolyn Baker
Video is shared at part two, from 06:00 to 1:01:52 mark: Interview: Paul Beckwith interviewed by Jennifer Hynes (famed, and justly highly regarded climate generalist, of Methane Monster kind, dk).
Arctic Temperature Amplification Mechanisms // Published on May 7, 2018
Rapid climate change on Earth does not change everywhere at the same rates. Since 1950, the Arctic heating pace is double that of the global average. HOWEVER, more recently, according to US CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability), the Arctic has been warming SIX times faster than the global average. Mostly, this is due to darkening of the Arctic, from exponentially declining sea-ice and snow cover, but there are additional feedback mechanisms as well that I discuss here.
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