And the Earth just keeps getting hotter ... the image comes from this tweet.
The image here shows two photos of the Pedersen Glacier in Alaska. The black and white image is from 1917, and the open green field is from 2005. I found those photos in this YouTube video after viewing a short video about how warm it is in the Arctic Circle this year, where glaciers are melting during the winter instead of forming new ice.
For more information, the USGS has this page which shows many more examples of disappearing glaciers in Alaska.
Here’s a nice little story about the Permafrost Tunnel in Fairbanks, Alaska (and global warming, and a house sinking).
From a friend on Facebook, this is a great way to look at the two possibilities about climate change:
- If scientists are wrong, hey, we’ll have a cleaner world
- If they’re right, we’re all dead
Back in 1912, a little newspaper article warned people about global warming. Per Snopes, the original story was written a year before this one.
The TheTweetOfGod Twitter account shares the five stages of climate change. If you’ve seen that Alaska and the Amazon jungle are both burning simultaneously, I’m not sure if #5 should be Drowning or Burning.
It’s great to see wealthy people trying to save the environment. Per this CNN.com story, “Pink Floyd's David Gilmour auctioned 126 of his guitars for a record-breaking $21 million at a New York charity auction Thursday to fight against climate change.” Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay bought the “Black Strat” for ~$4M, and apparently he’s going to make it available to the public.
From Mozilla Pocket, The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, and if climate changes don’t kill you, If you want to live forever, flush out your zombie (senescent) cells.
From the Washington Post, The oceans’ circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,000 years, and that’s bad news.
I saw this quote by Gus Speth on Facebook and Twitter, and wanted to share it here. As Mr. Speth says, the top environmental problems aren’t biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change, they’re selfishness, greed, and apathy (mostly the first two, in my opinion).