Melting Monday


Polar bears foraging in a rubbish dump near the village of Belushya Guba, in the Russian Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Melting ice is forcing the bears to move further inland and into contact with humans in their search for food. Photograph: Alexander Grir/AFP/Getty Images

Melting glaciers, coral reef death, wildlife disappearance, landscape alteration, climate change: our environment is transforming rapidly, and many of us are experiencing a sense of profound loss. Now, the scientists whose work it is to monitor and document this extraordinary change are beginning to articulate the emotional tsunami sweeping over the field, which they’re naming “ecological grief”. Researchers are starting to form support groups online and at institutions, looking for spaces to share their feelings. I talked to some of those affected.


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17 Responses to Melting Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Well, it’s up to 19º F — when I awakened this morning it was 26º F — then slumped to 16º F.

    The snow accumulation is much less than predicted. The streets were plowed and sanded.

    Currently, very, very light flurries…

    Serene and calm.

    But, we’re still doomed. 😉


  2. Den says:

    50 – 60 mph winds expected overnight here. took down the old yard light mounted on a pole which is in turn mounted to the roof, up in the wind zone, don’t need to have that thing ripped off my roof creating severe damage, it is dead anyway. The dirt and dust that gets blown up is quite extensive, literally clouds, not a good time to be outside. I’m just concerned with losing power, furnace doesn’t rum without it. I do have a Propane tank and clamp on heater just in case, just have to crack some windows while using it, I have a carbon monoxide detector as well.

    Not very good with ladder and roof work, have to move slowly and carefully, yikes!


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Currently -3 °C and not snowing. Another 10+ cm expected tomorrow. Side and back walk not shoveled. Better do that soon.

    At least I don’t hafta climb a ladder…


  4. ಠ¿ಠarol says:

    Today’s the day after the storm. Temp up a tad, the white crusty stuff started turning to slush..I was going to go to Mason for the blood work, but said to heck with it. Give it another day and roads and parking lots will be clean.

    We all need a support group for just about every category, lol. But that’s what a place like DWF is for, a support group.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Crusty, icy stuff. In 18 minutes over half done. Two more sets of stairs and straight out to the alley.


  6. Micki says:

    Yes, yes…I know…anyone but Trump. But, it’s offensive that Biden believes he can sweet talk his way out of his Iraqi war vote. Not only did he go along with the WMD bulls**t, he cheerleaded for the war after we started it. Jeez…lots of us never believed the lies we were fed about WMD — counting us at DWF!!!


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Once again the upper portion of the B Street sidewalk had been plowed. Still, 16 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe.


  8. Den says:



  9. Micki says:

    Is this a weather blod now at DWF? 😉


    340 PM PST Mon Jan 13 2020

    San Juan County-Western Whatcom County-
    including Friday Harbor, Eastsound, Bellingham, Blaine,
    Point Roberts, Ferndale, Lynden, Sumas, and Sudden Valley
    340 PM PST Mon Jan 13 2020


    * WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills between 5
    above zero and 10 below zero.

    * WHERE…San Juan County, including Stuart Island, Waldron
    Island, Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Lopez Island, Blakely
    Island, and Decatur Island and Lowlands of western Whatcom
    including Point Roberts, Lummi Island, Bellingham, and

    * WHEN…Until 11 AM PST Tuesday.


  10. Den says:

    Snowing off and on here, no power. 😦


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