Warming Wednesday


Thawing permafrost is “a sleeping climate giant”

Huge slabs of Arctic permafrost in northwest Canada are slumping and disintegrating, sending large amounts of carbon-rich mud and silt into streams and rivers. A new study that analyzed nearly a half-million square miles in northwest Canada found that this permafrost decay is affecting 52,000 square miles of that vast stretch of earth—an expanse the size of Alabama.

According to researchers with the Northwest Territories Geological Survey, the permafrost collapse is intensifying and causing landslides into rivers and lakes that can choke off life downstream, all the way to where the rivers discharge into the Pacific Ocean.

Similar large-scale landscape changes are evident across the Arctic including in Alaska, Siberia and Scandinavia, the researchers wrote in a paper published in the journal Geology in early February. The study didn’t address the issue of greenhouse gas releases from thawing permafrost. But its findings will help quantify the immense global scale of the thawing, which will contribute to more accurate estimates of carbon emissions.


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12 Responses to Warming Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    More feces generated by the bullshit machine intended to make rich boy look more tolerable. Transparent to me but not so to the sheeple, sad.


  2. Den says:

    Climate Change will kill us, slowly, scientifically, and completely, because that is just the way it is in a Universe without mercy.


  3. micki says:

    From my Friends Committee on National Legislation team:

    Last night, President Donald Trump told Congress that “America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align. We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict. We want peace, wherever peace can be found.” As a Quaker peace and justice organization, we agree with the sentiment.

    But he also called for “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending the president proposes would have a devastating impact on people in this country and around the globe – at the expense of harmony, stability, and peace. To achieve these increases, the president wants to cut budgets for environmental protection, diplomacy, and peacebuilding – including a 37% cut in the budgets for USAID and the State Department. (The total combined budgets for these agencies is $50.1 billion, less than the proposed Pentagon increase.)

    To achieve peace, we need to strengthen, not weaken our nation’s capacity to build it. We don’t need to pour more money into the Pentagon to enrich defense contractors or to expand U.S. military action around the globe.


    Contact your congresscritters — whether Dem or Repub — tell them NO to this defense spending increase!


    • º¿carol says:

      Got my gigs back yesterday so I’ll have to pass on the video. If I had no gigs then I could let it load and watch it, nothing left to lose. Now it’s back to waiting until after midnight to watch anything.


  4. º¿carol says:

    VERY windy right now. Had a gust register 27mph. Average winds are 14. Not burning the trash tonight, lol.

    Well, we took our 2001 Toyota Camry to the Toyota dealer, to our favorite used car salesman and we’re getting $800 for it. While they don’t buy a car, Jerry said he would sell it to the I kind of wanted to keep it, but had to face facts. Must conserve our limited funds by not paying insurance every year on a car I rarely use. Still, I felt sad letting her go. She’s been a most excellent car.

    The dealer wouldn’t buy it from us but Jerry is going to sell it to the car guys that buy old cars off of them, and that group will pay us. I can’t think of what Jerry called them. We’re good customers, bought 4 Toyotas over the years from Jerry. Jill drops in to see him all the time and they have lunch together.


  5. Micki says:

    David B. Benson says:
    March 1, 2017 at 4:32 PM
    Yes, that was ambiguous.

    Both. Even the Repugs don’t like the budget proposal.


    Yes, word “on the street” is you’re right. Not altruistic, however. Pragmatic, from their POV. Slashing social/cultural/environmental budgets to feed the Pentagon beast is not a winner at the ballot box. Politicians see 2018 looming. Already. We live in looney times.


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