Wednesday Distraction


The melting of Arctic sea ice may seem like an intangible, far-off problem, but what if there was a way to know how much you are personally contributing to the melt? A new study, released today in the journal Science, allows you to do precisely that.

The study makes a direct link between the amount of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and sea ice loss, finding that for each metric ton of CO2 emitted during the period between 1953 and 2012, roughly 32 square feet of sea ice was lost.

The study’s authors, climate scientists Dirk Notz and Julienne Stroeve, applied this finding to per capita emissions data from 2013 for each country, and found that the average person causes the loss of hundreds of feet of sea ice each year. But the U.S. and other high-emitting countries like Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are not average. Americans, for instance, have a personal footprint of as much as 645 square feet of ice loss. China, a large emitter but with a massive population, has lower per-capita emissions, with up to 322 square feet of ice loss per person.



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8 Responses to Wednesday Distraction

  1. Den says:

    Doomed 😦


  2. Den says:

    It is like walking up hill with someone increasing the steepness of the hill before you get there.


  3. Den says:

    One thing for sure, we have a rank-amateur leader about ready to stick his unknowing fingers into uncharted waters.

    Unfortunately, as always, we the working poor will bear the brunt of the punishment from his mistakes, with unknown effects, long into the future.

    Got started with a Trump supporter friend and found the real true cause of what we see today. Promoting himself as a non-politician, a friend of ‘The People”, fighting the status quo. It is true that the staus quo would have been Ole Hill and for most of male America that was hard to take. So down she went, glub, forever melded to the annals of history.

    Meanwhile back at the ranch the Extreme Court promises to get more, Puggers are in charge of the Legislative hen house now and will kick O-care to the curb to be replaced by what we do not know. Standing Rock will continue without BIG PHARMA’s news coverage.

    Newbies are never easy to break in so if we are still here in four years without being shot, starved, bombed or interrogated, we should consider ourselves lucky.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Took but 23 minutes downtown to Waddell & Reed for my annual session about finances. Now two doors over at the Black Cypress for a pasta All’amatriciana after a ceasar salad.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Then home via the College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension, no slowdown, for a total of 47 minutes.

      Day 4: 130+47 = 177 minutes.


  5. Den says:

    A little something to take the edge off:


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