Worrisome Wednesday


Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.

The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the scientists said, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and the stability of the global climate system. It was a fitting venue for an eye-opening reminder that, on its current path, civilization is engaged in an existential gamble with the planet’s life-support system.

In an accompanying annual report on the Arctic’s health—titled “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades”—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees all official U.S. research in the region, coined a term: “New Arctic.”

Until roughly a decade or so ago, the region was holding up relatively well, despite warming at roughly twice the rate of the planet as a whole. But in recent years, it’s undergone an abrupt change, which now defines it. The Arctic is our glimpse of an Earth in flux, transforming into something that’s radically different from today.

@ MJ

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16 Responses to Worrisome Wednesday

  1. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I like how NOAA present the Trump White House with their report. Ha! Trump and fellow republicans could give a shit about important matters.

    Before we EVER get a president and Congress all at once that care and work to address climate change…well, forget it. Politics will seesaw back ‘n forth, wasting the little time we have left, if we even have any time left, to effect changes.

    Very cold here the past several days, near zero. My weather station is not working, not registering the temp or winds. Seems stuck on 17° and zero wind with with a permanent wind gust of 6mph.


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Pete hasn’t show up yet and then I got a text saying all three of them would be coming, but in a couple hours. *sigh* I always make appointments for morning so I don’t spend all day waiting to go to an appointment. This feels like the same thing. I thought he would be here this morning so I never got started on anything.

    If Jim checks in, yesterday’s movie was “San Andreas” because I felt like seeing the destruction of SFO via CGI again.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just 4 minutes to the Doctor’s office where I learned that I need a less potent blood pressure medicine, then on to Waddell & Reed accumulating 29 minutes, then on to the Old Post Office adding it up to 34 minutes, so far in the falling snow.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Only slept for 3 hours last night so the remaining 5 tasks will have to be done tomorrow.


  5. Den says:

    Spot Report

    Spot disappeared again and was found wandering along on the kitchen floor this morning, damn near squashed again, always underfoot like a small child. Now he is back on the honey getting a recharge then he will sleep for a day or so then wander off again.

    I have to admit he is cheap to keep, no visible turds, nothing chewed up, food consumption measured in milligrams, doesn’t bark, perfect pet.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Most likely needs a more balanced diet. I thought ladybird beetles ate aphids.


      • jimhitchcock says:

        From wiki:

        Coccinellids are known as ladybugs in North America, and ladybirds in Britain and other parts of the English-speaking world. Entomologists widely prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles as these insects are not classified as true bugs.[7]

        The majority of coccinellid species are generally considered useful insects, because many species prey on herbivorous homopterans such as aphids or scale insects, which are agricultural pests. Many coccinellids lay their eggs directly in aphid and scale insect colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source


      • Den says:

        Right, but the aphids have all left town, cereal bits, honey, water rag are sustenance enough, he is still alive and doesn’t complain out loud, better here than being bird bait.


  6. Den says:

    Another Pugger checks in with a brilliant observation:


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