The Disaffected Lib: Our Miner’s Canary – the Arctic

Do you remember how balmy temperatures were in the high Arctic last winter? No? Well it’s a safe bet that most have probably forgotten all about it. That too is our new normal. Conditions got so warm that a northern cyclone was spawned last December, thinning the sea ice by 4 inches.  Since the sea ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Worst Case Scenario

FIFTY? Fifty self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms are now active? University of Arizona professor emeritus, natural resources, ecology and evolutionary biology, Guy McPherson no longer pursues pure science, environmental research. He can’t. He’s too busy digesting the mountains of research pouring in from other scientists and connecting the dots. There’s really no nice way to put this. ...

Earthgauge Radio: Greenland Inuit Village Fights for Survival

The people of Uummannaq are trying to adapt in order to survive. Photo: Mark Brooks My documentary on the impacts of climate change in the Greenlandic village of Uummannaq aired in December on the Deutsche Welle international radio program Living Planet. I recorded and produced this report while working as the on-board journalist during the 2013 ...

PostArctica: Arctic sea ice time bomb ticking: the bang’s gonna be huge

by Gareth on July 24, 2013 Reading this press release about a new paper in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology spoiled my day. It might not be obvious to a casual reader just glancing through the morning news — but a couple of paragraphs leapt out at me: Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations recently reached 400 parts per ...

350 or bust: Fearless Summer Heats Up

* There have been five arrests this week of people protesting the presence of SWN Resources Canada on traditional Mi’kmaq territory in New Brunswick. The protests are being led by First Nations leaders, and are a result of the fears that SWN’s seismic testing will result in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on the land. Read more ...

The Disaffected Lib: The White House Ponders an Ice-Free Arctic Ocean

The domestic and international security implications of an ice free Arctic ocean will be briefed at the White House this week. The meeting is bringing together Nasa’s acting chief scientist, Gale Allen, the director of the US National Science Foundation, Cora Marett, as well as representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security and the ...

350 or bust: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Visible From Space

Holy sh*t – if this video doesn’t alarm the heck out of you, you don’t have a pulse! New findings on the state of the Arctic sea ice, resulting from a collaboration between many international agencies, confirm new data collected from the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite spanning 2010 to 2012, and data from NASA’s ...

350 or bust: Climate Emergency: Arctic Sea Ice Bombshell

* As Joe Romm at ThinkProgress points out, this should be the story of the week/year/decade: Now the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s primary agency for funding and managing environmental sciences research, has made it official. In a Wednesday press release, they report: Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 per cent in ...