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The Disaffected Lib: Words Best Left Unspoken

Ever notice how a word or phrase can abruptly disappear from our language almost without anyone noticing much less wondering why?I wonder whatever happened to “tipping points”? Where did that term go? Why did it fall off the radar?Just a few years ago,… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Words Best Left Unspoken

PostArctica: Dirt

  Dirt Dirt is an ongoing visual project that addresses ideas concerning the city in the period before the Arctic collapse (Polar Caps buh bye). It is really just a […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Dirt

Things Are Good: Shell Stops Efforts to Drill in the Arctic

For a while now Shell has been trying to suck oil in the arctic. Arctic drilling is extremely dangerous and Shell’s efforts in the north have been ridiculed by Greenpeace. Greenpeace’s efforts have been matched by a ton of organizations (mostly on the west coast) also trying to stop Shell’s folly.

The sane eco-conscious . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Shell Stops Efforts to Drill in the Arctic

Bill Longstaff: The Arctic—the U.S. conserves, Canada exploits

Federal cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq wears a number of hats. She is Minister of the Environment as well as Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. Being a member of a Harper cabinet, the latter is of course the top hat. She illustrated this in her recent two-year term as chair of the Arctic . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Arctic—the U.S. conserves, Canada exploits

The Disaffected Lib: Pentagon Exploits Tensions Over Ukraine, Pushes for Multi-Purpose Sensor Chain Across Canada’s Arctic

Arrest that Man, He’s From Russia!

They sure know how to pick their opportunities.

At the very moment NATO leaders are in Wales fretting over what to do with Vlad Putin and the future of Ukraine, America’s brass are floating the idea of establishing a “multi-purpose sensor chain” across the vast Canadian Arctic.

Exactly . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Pentagon Exploits Tensions Over Ukraine, Pushes for Multi-Purpose Sensor Chain Across Canada’s Arctic

350 or bust: LEGO: Everything is NOT Awesome

Via Greenpeace International: Shell’s global advertising deal with LEGO is part of a carefully thought-out strategy by Shell to buy friends who can make its controversial Arctic drilling plans look acceptable and misleadingly associate it with positive values. LEGO is one of the most beloved and admired toy companies in the world, and Shell knows . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: LEGO: Everything is NOT Awesome

Earthgauge Radio: Deutsche Welle Living Planet 2013 Arctic Diary

This week, Deutsche Welle Living Planet broadcast the first of my audio diaries from the Students on Ice 2013 Arctic Expedition. This first audio postcard captures the reflections of Canadian high school student Gerrit Wesselink as he travels up the western coast of Greenland and across the Davis Strait to Baffin Island and the eastern . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Deutsche Welle Living Planet 2013 Arctic Diary

ParliamANT Hill: Antawa was warned about Arctic patrol ships’ high price

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-was-warned-about-arctic-patrol-ships-high-price-1.1859387

Earthgauge Radio: Arctic expedition radio doc airs on CBC Ottawa

Download: soiarctic2013-cbc-final.mp3

I was fortunate to participate on the Students on Ice 2013 Arctic Expedition this year, which was a tremendous experience. We traveled up the west coast of Greenland by ship and across the Davis Strait to the Eastern Canadian Arctic. I produced a short audio documentary based on the experiences . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Arctic expedition radio doc airs on CBC Ottawa

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 . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Arctic sea ice time bomb ticking: the bang’s gonna be huge

PostArctica: The Great Arctic Flush

The Great Arctic Flush

By Paul Beckwith

A massive cyclone is forecast to develop in the Arctic, as shown on the image below, from the Naval Research Laboratory.

Within 2 weeks the Arctic Ocean will be completely transformed. The cyclone that appears 6 days out on both the US and European ten day forecasts will . . . → Read More: PostArctica: The Great Arctic Flush

Things Are Good: Greenpeace Launches Wikileaks Inspired Site

Wikileaks has been a great source of information that governments and corporations wanted to deny or keep secret. Now Greenpeace has modelled a site, Arctic Truth, for whistleblowers who work in the world of arctic drilling for oil. As climate change turns the frozen north into accessible waters oil companies want to move in and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Greenpeace Launches Wikileaks Inspired Site

Walking Turcot Yards: Sarah Anne Johnson – Arctic Wonderland

All is well as we approach the PostArctic era. Here are some images originally shot at the Arctic Circle in Norway by Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson.

Taken from here.

Sarah Anne Johnson: Alien Arctics

. . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Sarah Anne Johnson – Arctic Wonderland

The Canadian Progressive: Greenpeace: Leaked Arctic Council Oil Spill Response Agreement ‘Vague and Inadequate’

“The agreement asks so little of Canada, Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US, that it is effectively useless” by Greenpeace | Feb.4, 2013: WASHINGTON – On the eve of the Arctic Council environment minister’s meeting, a leaked copy of the Council’s much-heralded oil spill response agreement reveals deeply inadequate . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Greenpeace: Leaked Arctic Council Oil Spill Response Agreement ‘Vague and Inadequate’

350 or bust: Happy Holidays: Oil To The World & All That

The U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its updated Arctic Report card earlier this week. Like many other recent reports about the condition of the north, the canary in climate change coal mine, the news is sobering; new records have been set for snow extent, sea ice extent and ice sheet surface melting. . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Happy Holidays: Oil To The World & All That

350 or bust: The Emerging Arctic World Order

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland speaks at the Arctic Imperative Summit, 2012 in Girdwood, Alaska. Well worth the 30 minute listen – this is one politician that speaks the truth to power. Wake up, folks! Thanks to Doug Grandt, climate warrior extraordinaire, for sharing this link.

earthgauge: Climate Change News: Arctic summer sea ice decline seems irreversible

“Scientists say this year’s record declines in Arctic sea ice extent and volume are powerful evidence that the giant cap of ice at the top of the planet is on a trajectory to largely disappear in summer within a decade or two, with profound global consequences.

“This extreme melting offers dramatic evidence, many scientists say, . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Climate Change News: Arctic summer sea ice decline seems irreversible

Drive-by Planet: Arctic ice cap melt: record low in 2012

Since satellite tracking began in 1979 the lowest readings of Arctic sea-ice have all been within the last six years. This year has seen a record breaking retreat of sea-ice with weeks of summer still ahead and more melt likely on the way.

Independent:

The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Arctic ice cap melt: record low in 2012

LeDaro: Stephen Harper: Great News

Stephen Harper has acquired a house in the Canadian Arctic and he is moving there permanently. 🙂 Arctic deserves him and he deserves Arctic and being there he will be keeping an eye on the Arctic and its sovereignty.

Impolitical: On great national dreams

Aw, is Harp making the inspiration meter go thud again? “Those who want to see the future of this country should look north,” the prime minister told a gathering of Conservative supporters.

“Because that great national dream — the development of northern resources — no longer sleeps. It is not down the road. It . . . → Read More: Impolitical: On great national dreams

350 or bust: Arctic Sends Clear Message: Act Now To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Pollution

There’s not much good news to write about today, as a bubble of cold air from the Arctic moves into central North America. Brace yourself for some record-breaking cold if you (like me) live in that region. But that’s not the worst of it by a long shot; unfortunately this could mean that warmer southern . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Arctic Sends Clear Message: Act Now To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Pollution

DeSmogBlog: Arctic Ice Decline Much Worse Than Expected

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As the extent of Arctic sea ice declines to levels unrecorded since satellite monitoring began, the National Snow and Ice Data Center has released a new analysis that shows the situation to be worse by far than even the most pessimistic models predicted.

It's a perverse endorsement . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Arctic Ice Decline Much Worse Than Expected

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-07-16 20:07:00

ENVIRONMENT:

A TASTE OF SHELL GAMES TO COME IN THE ARTIC:   Shell Loses Control Of Arctic Drilling Rig In Alaskan Harbor By Climate Guest Blogger on Jul 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm Photo: Teresa Derrick-Laxfoss

by Kiley KrohRoyal Dutch Shell’s preparedness to drill offshore in the harsh and remote Arctic Ocean this summer has . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-07-16 20:07:00

DeSmogBlog: 400 PPM Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Breach The Arctic

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There's a saying that trouble comes in threes. Earlier this week, the International Energy Administration announced that emissions reached a record high last year, increasing by 1 Gt worldwide. At the Bonn climate talks, experts have warned that the window to curb a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: 400 PPM Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Breach The Arctic

DeSmogBlog: Shrinking Arctic Ice May Cause Mercury Poisoning

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NASA has shown repeatedly that the Actic icecap is melting, and melting faster than climate models predict. This new visualization is stark and should be of obvious concern, simply because of the impact on sea levels. Now there is a potentially new threat. The process of shrinkage may cause a . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Shrinking Arctic Ice May Cause Mercury Poisoning