Ward Hunt Ice Shelf.

I’m no genius. I try to include links and hope people revisit the sites over time so as to see whatever is latest. Therefore a link followed from here can update itself and be a regular port of call providing lots of material to mine into. Heres one from the very useful site neven1 that I posted recently and takes us to … a link to material published in 2004 and still certainly is worthwhile reading ie ….. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/wardhunt

I need to try to seek out more of the microbial/ algal activity of the deposits mentioned, but I know fine well such microscopic imagery will hardly exist, so seldom is it shown to the wider public and I don’t know why, are there journalistic filters that are blind or ignorant to this ???  I don’t think David Attenborough has any interest in this either. This baffles and annoys me, yes we can take the sight of a diatom without wretching.

 

diatoms
diatoms anyone can see through a simple microscope.

 

The algal/ protozoan aspect of this fascinates me and looms large in my approach to nature. You can’t see it but it is very important and on a global scale utterly essential for life on this planet. Its a bit like my curiosity for chemtrails, as with algae it is not direct and in your face but it most certainly is important. It must have been mighty difficult or near impossible centuries ago to get people to realise theres important and essential ‘worlds’ all around us that cannot even be seen! I could imagine rustic types tekkin excitedly o de ‘atoms’ theh chessed oot ont fields yisterdeh, lowped ower’t wall, but deyn’t worry, he nos where deh nestin  ….

Heres another updated version first link … https://earthdata.nasa.gov/user-resources/sensing-our-planet/breakup-of-the-ward-hunt-ice-shelf

I can’t help but notice a certain reticence in the second newer article.

 

 

 

 

Climate change links …

Heres useful info … http://neven1.typepad.com/

look at the articles linked at right ie …

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/incredible-nasa-image-reveals-how-much-of-the-world-is-on-fire-right-now-/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/arctics-strongest-sea-ice-breaks-up-for-first-time-on-record

…. well worth an hour or two of close investigation.

As stated before, an idiot in the White House does NOT help. IPCC predictions and modelling is woefully and increasingly off target incorporating by this time large scale carbon capture that has yet to be invented and totally blind to any release of methane in its three forms. Too many scientists and organisations are treading too carefully, a mindset promulgated from the bizarre stance of the trumps disastrous EPA.

All of what I write demonstrates the total control that nature and simple physics, the forces and interconnected systems of nature plays in this film-thin layer of life on the globe of our planet. Even plants and growing things, algae, diatoms, forests etc are acting in ways contrary to our needs, reducing their vital transpiration ie CO2 to O conversion as trigerred by increasing CO2. Whoops we say “Is that the way its really supposed to happen?”

An example of stupidity, these last couple of weeks seen a highly unusual vehicle for these parts an American Humvee type monstrosity complete with ‘HUM’ personalised reg plate.  I can only conclude … you can guess the words. If nothing else an example of money to burn.

In actual practical conclusion, whatever we try to do in minimising affluent carbon lifestyle is firstly not going to be realised as so many are addicted and welded to their outwardly visible SUV dashing around ‘we are consuming’ lifestyle but also once the methane really starts to release (which it will sooner than ten years) our own efforts ie mankind will be quite ineffective. However, to give up, to not fight is untenable; unthinkable. We need a worldwide one child policy, we need to live in a more sophisticated ie ‘simpler’ manner – not a contradiction in terms. Its quite brainless to buy and consume.  Populations must be prepared for the worst, move or starve, flooding, traditional growing areas no longer viable, extremes. Its all happened before in various forms, its just this time we have too much baggage.

Fran Ulmer on Climate Change.

I’m impressed, good speaker and better if left uninterrupted.

This one hour gets through lots of material, worthwhile, the Q&A works well.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran_Ulmer

We hear that existing infrastructure and homes on what was previously stable permafrost are having to be relocated.

At 30 mins we hear of the Russian excitement to open up Arctic seaways.

At 37 mins a considered, honest and realistic responese to the Q of “What is trump doing” …. and I’m glad she mentions that companies, corporation, states, cities are making their own way forward on climate change.

Theres lots, worthwhile !

Also Fran Ulmer : https://medium.com/@StanfordWoods/three-reasons-the-arctic-is-changing-and-why-you-should-care-q-a-with-fran-ulmer-69ada71102cc

http://www.kyuk.org/post/scientists-fear-presidential-administration-will-wipe-climate-change-data-government-websites

 

ps… My previous point still holds, that it would be mighty handy if we could get hold of time indexed transcript for talks such as these, I mean talks that are valuable and worthwhile. Surely voice recognition can convert easily and quickly to that ‘lil old thing called ‘the printed word’ ? On paper too, which I enjoy.

A map of natures reaction …

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2018/07/can-we-weather-the-danger-zone.html

Its three posts ago from arctic-news but this map I’ve pasted below is certainly worth contemplation and committing to memory, I find it stunning. Titled vulnerable carbon pools.

Here also we can find the same map, its in several sites across the web … http://cosmology.com/ClimateChange101.html

Also from Aug 2013 … https://www.sbs.com.au/news/comment-methane-and-the-risk-of-runaway-global-warming

I cannot get it to copy and paste and being an old geezer my instant reaction is draw it on paper, but taking pics and uploading is a chore for me now mostly. Recently its popped into my mind several times that drawing maps freehand would be a useful hobby for me and in fact for kids too … most are woefully ignorant of the shape of countries, location, the assemblage of the land masses. Something to draw you out of yourself and is not connected with money and also the pursuit of what I call an American style  ‘leisure lifestyle’  and sold to us as consumerism… create some quiet time, another version of a Tea Ceremony! Use an atlas in book form, no need for a screen for this one. Screens in fact are page specific likewise the material delivered by google, books in some or many instances can provide a so much broader and serependitious view ie you can leaf through the pages. Thank goodness I grew up in a pre-web age.

One thing I do miss about the pre-web days is how easy it was to stumble upon new things, for instance art in its various forms, architecture, sculpture, paintings, watercolours, sketches; thought made visible by clever and talented people.

Got it …..

carbon-pools-1

Its more than just a ‘map of the land’ my initial choice of ‘nature’ in the post title fits better as the change and disturbance of temperature means that the brown areas ie high altitude peatlands are in for a catastrophic awakening. Remember that methane exists in three forms, geological deposits, frozen hydrate and microbial action. But on reflection ‘reaction’ fits better as boy-o-boy these huge unpopulated land masses are most certainly going to react. Remember too the slowing down of transpiration of green growing things in reaction to increased CO2; diatoms / algae much affected (another converter out in the oceans)  reduced regeneration or new growth of trees due to water and heat stress and the myriad of self amplifying and interconnected amplifying interconnected feedback loops. Certainly the increasing desire for a meat based diet is wasteful of resources, too expensive ecologically and can be seen to lag fifty years as to what we should be doing nowadays. Its not easy to keep this to an intentional brief post as is the fashion these days. Thats why theres previous posts here to read through. I’m learning as I go …..

For instance to quote from http://www.sbs.com.au posted 2013  …

In 2010 a Russian marine survey conducted more than 5000 observations of dissolved methane showing that more than 80% of East Siberian shelf bottom waters and more than 50% of surface waters are supersaturated with methane. Atmospheric methane levels (during glacial periods: 300–400 parts per billion; during interglacial periods: 600–700 ppb) have recently reached 1850 ppb – the highest in 400,000 years (see Figure 2b)

Much food for thought and would have liked to think could prod for Governmental and worldwide action. The only country to pull out of the Paris Agreement, trump is an odd character to say the least, he needs enlightened influence, not the circle of courtiers and grim outdated lobbyists at present whispering to his ear. Likewise Elon Musk, if he’s as clever as he portrays he should forget about cars (EV are not that green in a full carbon audit anyway) and get into carbon capture. If trump turned on this and got climate change savvy it would be the greatest boost possible for the world to like him, its win-win for everyone.

 

 

postscript … re drawing maps freehand. People wouldn’t do it but they’d blow thousands jetting to places they needn’t go. I am very anti air flight, always have been.

also, just found UK Guardian on current heatwave  …. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/13/heatwave-sees-record-high-temperatures-set-around-world-this-week

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/13/disaster-half-a-million-hectares-of-forest-bulldozed-in-great-barrier-reef-catchment

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/20/senate-to-probe-great-barrier-reef-grant-of-444m-to-small-charity

 

 

A no-fly Climate Conference …

About time too … the insanity of an African country flying four hundred delegates to a Arctic climate conference a couple of years back illustrates the need to be skype based. There needs to be a big readjustment in getting people out of the ‘hop on a plane’ mentality, I’ve always maintained this for decades, it is needless. Work local, live local.  This means a return to an organic style neighbourhood that has all the necessary needs and connections nearby.  I think also there will be massive population corrections, whether we like it or not and to resurrect Chinas one child policy would serve well enough; but there’ll be other corrections anyway to help us on the way to reduce numbers.

Prof Jeffrey D Sachs (Columbia University) tells us we have a 30 year window to get things changed, implemented and working, Sweden for example is ahead of most. The dreadful void of  a POTUS 45 trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and departing early so as to miss the G7 Climate Discussion (to cosy up to a lets face it stage managed play-out since taking office with K J-un) is hindering humanity. As Jeff Sachs tells us countries cannot operate in isolation.

http://jeffsachs.org/category/topics/climate-change-environment/

Lots of articles and detail to read above.

Heres the vid below and its link …

 

 

Getting through media obfuscation …

Its certainly apparent for things like chemtrails that mass media is doing its best to frame the discussion with as much ridicule as possible ie adding ‘mind control’ and that dreaded term ‘conspiracy theory’ to the mix, so that those who try to point to the sky and question the un-natural chem trails, fast morphing and ruination of what should be a bright (high pressure) day  … are ridiculed.

Likewise the trump/ GOP USA smokescreen of non-admittance to climate change and the need for real and immediate action is quite obscene, a disservice to humanity itself.yet they do believe in climate change, hence the obsession with the border wall to stop migration and its probable militarisation. Likewise trumps disowning the poor, immigrants, healtcare for the poor. As the saying goes … with trump don’t bother with his words, look what he does.

Shame upon them, fakery of the highest order.

We need jolting to realise where we are going ie methane release, interconnected feedback systems, loss of oceanic life/ food chains. Its obvious world food production will suffer badly, goodness knows how that will pan out ….

and heres food for thought ….

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/07/is-the-earth-really-that-doomed/533112/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

 

 

Arctic ice loss 2018 latest …

I’ve no need to post much, by autumn 2018 the news itself will have explained the horribleness of the increasing situation. Last year was a dip from the upcurve, 2018 will hit hard. Much reporting is hesitant, population crashes etc or as the case of north Pacific seabirds near absent when the noise of the problem should be deafening. Its realistic to say that ‘sightings’ do not mean the population or distribution were as in the past. As with the seabirds ‘then there were none’.  A ‘huddle’ is not any indication of distribution.

Even at the small direct scale of my own garden front and back I look around and see very little planted in other gardens to benefit wildlife. Last evening sat under my in full blossom plum tree the bees sounded wonderful. Yet I look at other gardens and see a highly restricted repertoire, restricted diversity, mostly a reflection of no real enthusiasm, depth or ability at gardening. A little but not a lot. My next door neighbour has a garden devoid of any flowering thing, third time scraped with a digger and now a foot below mine; as dead as the back lot at the crematorium, a symphony to block paving, gravel and laid turf. Meanwhile at the pit heap due to my simple efforts a couple of hundred cowslip benefit bees and in a few weeks a thousand orchids and multiplying will likewise help a little, as with the other twenty species I’ve introduced; umbellifers, foxglove, flag iris, avens and honeysuckle being the most successful.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/01/arctic-wildlife-sea-ice/

Whoops, above 400ppm for CO2 …. http://arctic-news.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/

Note increased CO2 has reduced plant and pollen protein by say a full third.