Cascading Consequences of the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice

“Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4 trillion tons emitted since the Industrial Age, according to current and former researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.”

“At current rates, this roughly equates to 25 years of global CO2 emissions.”

Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic’s Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years  

“Algae that live in and under the sea ice play a much greater role for the Arctic food web than previously assumed. In a new study, biologists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research showed that not only animals that live directly under the ice thrive on carbon produced by so-called ice algae. Even species that mostly live at greater depth depend to a large extent on carbon from these algae. This also means that the decline of the Arctic sea ice may have far-reaching consequences for the entire food web of the Arctic Ocean. Their results have been published online now in the journal Limnology & Oceanography.”
“We now know that ice algae play a much more important role for the pelagic food web than previously assumed. This finding also means, however, that the decline of the ice could have a more profound impact on Arctic marine animals, including fish, seals and ultimately also polar bears, than hitherto suspected,” says Doreen Kohlbach.”
Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arctic Ocean

“Experts estimate the washed-up whales represent just 10% of the total number of the dead, with the rest sinking into the sea unnoticed by humans.”
“At least 81 gray whale corpses have washed ashore in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska since Jan. 1. If tallies from Mexico and Canada are added, the number of stranded gray whales reaches about 160 and counting, said Michael Milstein, spokesman for NOAA Fisheries.”
Thousands of whales are dying. Scientists have run out of public beaches for the carcasses to rot

In the August episode of Nature Bats Last our guest Dr Andrew Glikson discussed his recent work titled: Beyond Climate Tipping Points: Greenhouse Gas Levels Exceed the Stability Limit of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets.
The pace of global warming has been grossly underestimated. As the world keeps increasing its carbon emissions rising in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion ton COper year, the atmospheric greenhouse gas level has now exceeded 560 ppm (parts per million) CO2equivalent, namely when methane and nitric oxide are included. This level surpasses the stability threshold of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The term “climate change“ is thus no longer appropriate, since what is happening in the atmosphere-ocean system, accelerating over the last 70 years or so, is an abrupt calamity on a geological dimension threatening nature and civilization. Ignoring what the science says, the powers-that-be are presiding over the sixth mass extinction of species, including humanity.”  

“As conveyed by leading scientists “Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences”

“Black carbon particles from  Siberian forest fires, fall down to the arctic ice. As these particles are black, they absorb sunlight and can accelerate ice melt if found in high enough concentrations. Our graphic shows black carbon concentrations, where high values can be seen emerging from the Siberian forest fires, circulating into the polar circle.”
Forest fires in Siberia, sending ash into the Arctic.

For additional day to day, up to date evidence of our headlong rush towards a Blue Ocean Event, I recommend readers follow Zack Labe on Twitter
and Sam Carana at the Arctic News Blogspot

The marine food web isn’t going to collapse, it is collapsing, now, live and direct.
The dominant culture and the corporate media are pretending to cover the unraveling of the biosphere but what they aren’t telling you about  is the rapidity of the collapse and how the domino effect of crossing these tipping points triggers cascading consequences.
I’ll be surprised if industrial civilisation survives an ice free Arctic summer and we might be only a year or two away from that eventuality.
One final comment I would make about the impending ice free Arctic sea is that we don’t need to have crossed the official definition of an Ice Free Arctic  to see the 50 gigatonne methane discharge from the clathrates as hypothesised by Dr Natalia Shakova et al. That could burst forth at any moment.
John Doyle thinks we will see a 10C temperature rise in the coming decades;

Next months guest on Nature Bats Last is Arthur Keller. We will be discussing his presentation titled “Collapse: The Only Realistic Scenario”. That episode can be found after broadcast at the Nature Bats Last archive at PRN.FM
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Good luck everyone, we are sure going to need it.

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Arctic Sea Ice, Collapse, Dr Andrew Glikson, Feedback loops, Methane, Nature Bats Last, Zack Labe
160 comments on “Cascading Consequences of the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    A new study shows just how quickly the world’s cryosphere is shrinking
    More than 102,000 square kilometers of frozen areas were lost in the Northern Hemisphere from 1979 to 2016.

    https://www.arctictoday.com/a-new-study-shows-just-how-quickly-the-worlds-cryosphere-is-shrinking/

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record for this time of year on July 5, even though the spring had so far been relatively cool and stormy — conditions that, in the past, would have protected the ice.
    Three new studies help explain why. One found that increasing air temperatures and intrusion of warm water from the North Atlantic into the Barents and Kara Seas — a climate change-driven process known as Atlantification — are overpowering the ice’s ability to regrow in winter.
    Another study found that sea ice in coastal areas may be thinning at up to twice the pace previously thought. In three coastal seas — Laptev, Kara, and Chukchi — the rate of coastal ice decline increased by 70%, 98%, and 110% respectively when compared to earlier models.
    A third study found accelerated sea ice loss in the Wandel Sea, pointing to a possible assault by global warming on the Arctic’s Last Ice Area — a last bastion of multi-year sea ice which stretches from Greenland along the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Combined, this research shows Arctic ice may be in worse trouble than thought.

    https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/as-arctic-melt-sets-early-july-record-hard-times-lie-ahead-for-ice-studies/?fbclid=IwAR0kfmDq5g2GTlZfNFkivxwVhKbMiOanPo5f0whUMiHGl8oR20tbnR4LwAA

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  3. As soon as the Gulf Stream completely collapses due to the ongoing massive infusion of fresh water from the melting lump of ice known as Greenland, is it possible that this ice loss could reverse itself as Northern Europe temperatures drop? Even if only temporary? Or will the heat grow so quickly that the temperatures won’t lower as much as previously expected? As the metric used didn’t predict such intense heating in such a short period of time,

    I wonder if anything is alive on Venus hidden by the clouds from our cameras and telescopes? Could be as life is adaptable.

    Of course since our planet isn’t going to stop overheating anytime soon as I don’t see any of the acknowledged leaders of worldwide power that are truly shifting what they do; politics as usual and drill/cut/mine seems to be the only response everywhere except for more very expensive ad campaigns and a few crumbs thrown to identity politics….

    And that 30 year lag time concept could really be a bitch. Unless the methane bottle pops its cork of course. I haven’t read anything from Natalia Shakova lately. Nobody wants to read her research because it’s too scary???

    Weather:

    It hasn’t been below 90F/33C since June 18th. It was 100F/38C again yesterday after two days of low 90s. I’m not sure it was the intense fire smoke-filled atmosphere cutting it but it was 92’F at 10am this morning.

    Here’s a strange fact. On my calendar it says 6May was 85F which is fifteen degrees above normal. On 7May it was 51F which is twelve below normal. On 1Jan it was raining and was in the 40s for a few days….then again on the 14 & 15th. It has been obviously getting more and more weird here for a number of years.

    I’ve got an hour before I go check the thermometer but it’s really smoky/hazy outside with a blurry sun shining down tinted red sunlight. ‘Unhealthy air alert’ of course. I just so enjoy the concept of DON’T BREATHE TODAY! I’m now down to eighteen dust mask-style N95s, and two respirators with exhale valves. It’s pretty bad here, Kevin, but at least it is still much lower temps at night and the down-canyon breeze has started back up after dark. I have been opening the east-facing windows (smoke clouds are from w & s/w) to cool the house down.
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    So does this count as an additional evidence of on-going collapse? Seems to me…

    The Brightside of Crimewaves

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/07/23/the-brightside-of-crimewaves/

    Tuning into the evening news has begun to take on all the charming qualities of a seventies Scorsese flick. Some nights I have to wipe the blood from the screen. From coast to coast, from sea to rising sea, the mean streets of America are being rocked by a crime wave the likes of which we’ve never seen. After a thirty year drop in violent crime, 2020 has seen the biggest single year jump in homicides since they began recording such grim statistics in the 1960’s, with a 25% rise in a single year. And 2021 has all the makings of a Charles Bronson sequel.
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    And you’re going to just chortle on this one because Mann says…well, you read it:

    Do Leaked Climate Reports Help or Hurt Public Understanding of Global Warming?

    Last month’s leaked IPCC report cherry picked grim scenarios, but it’s just the latest in a long line of leaks intended to shape perception of climate science.

    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21072021/do-leaked-climate-reports-help-or-hurt-public-understanding-of-global-warming/
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    This one…yeah, well, if one isn’t doing what Authority says to do…

    Insanity is Healthy

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/07/23/insanity-is-healthy/
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    Nearly time to put on the mask and walk out into the heat and sticky smoky red sunlight and see just how hot it is. Best put on a shirt and flip-flops aren’t working because the ground is so dry that the normal plant growth has died and dried into spikes of piercing intensity as I found out recently when I forgot to switch to thick Vibram-sole hikers… A weed stem went through the sandals and put maybe a 3/4 inch deep puncture wound while walking with the brown dog one morning a week ago. Oops. Still tender but not infected. Won’t do that again.

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  4. Kevin Hester says:

    “The Arctic Ocean nears ice-free conditions in the West Siberian region, while a new weather pattern in August can push the sea ice below last years levels”

    https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/arctic-sea-ice-melt-season-weather-august-2021-fa/?fbclid=IwAR2s6XoedMyLpucf87GqynDbp2BvJY03E4MsVk5b3M3JI-X1G3RE9PxiVwQ

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  5. Going, going, almost gone…wait for it, only a little longer….keep your eye on the stock market instead…buy a new monster truck…I wonder if it is going to snow here this winter…

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    Guy’s latest interview with Gary Null the owner of the Progressive Radio Network who generously hosted our show Nature Bats Last.
    Guy mentioned a friend who drove through the ‘Grain Belt’ in the US recently where the crops look terrible, burnt and stressed. Another aspect of the radical changes we are seeing is, as CO2 increases in the atmosphere the nutritional value of the crops drops. Coming soon, lower crop production by volume with lower nutritional value.
    The ability to grow and store grains at scale is integral to our unsustainable life styles. It’s one of the reasons that the USA is stalking the Ukraine, it’s Europe’s ‘Bread Basket.’
    Guy mentioned a number of cryosphere scientists predicting a ‘Blue Ocean Event’ in the Arctic from next year. The loss of reflective surfaces will broil the planet much faster in a classic feedback loop, one of 6 dozen feedback loops detailed in Guy’s monster climate change essay titled “Climate Change Summary” with its own tab at the top of his blog.
    They discuss climate refugees (36 million people in the USA who are ‘food insecure’, perpetual droughts, record hurricane seasons and wild fires in Siberia being larger that all the worlds fires combined.
    Gary interviewed me for a documentary he is currently working on, I’ll post it when it’s released.
    A great interview about the new abnormal that no one wants to hear!
    https://guymcpherson.com/progressive-commentary-hour-interview-with-gary-null/

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    • Gee, and it has been over 100’F in the US Upper Midwest into southern Canada…you know, the GRAIN GROWING REGIONS of the continent? Oops.

      Now this is happening, heavy rains expected (look at video at top as link wouldn’t copy):

      https://weather.com/news/weather/video/wet-weekend-ahead-for-the-middle-of-the-country
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      It’s been raining here for the last four days, off and on, broken cloud to heavy downpour w/thunder but I haven’t seen any flashes or bolts. It just started up again as the world darkens after sunset but there are extremely dense & dark gray solid overcast clouds coming in from the west… We are at MEDIUM fire danger as of this afternoon, no debris burning but campfires are allowed…

      World smells better, but all this week’s weather is going to follow this fricken De-RANGED Jet Stream and probably pound the hell out of any fields left uncut. Bet the farmers are scrambling…

      sealintheSelkirks

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  7. Kevin Hester says:

    We literally could not be in deeper trouble!!!
    “Global warming in Siberia is on a hot streak! It was +6°C last year. In like manner, if the entire planet hit +6°C above pre-industrial, it would be lights out, life snuffed out, sayonara.”

    “Meanwhile, the Siberian hot streak theoretically threatens the entire planet with methane-induced runaway global warming, the dreaded monster of the North that takes no prisoners. As it’s happening now, in real time today, Siberia is demonstrating the impact of deadly serious climate reactions to too much heat, too soon. This fiasco cannot be dismissed or ignored. ”

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/10/04/siberias-hot-streak/?fbclid=IwAR3ZzmxiDErO7Nu0uawlCPMUp5JgMdRY36M1_FNS5hveux5C3CY3Bc_wkWk

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    • No doubt. I read counterpunch every day as I am a tiny supporter so I get counterpunch+ that I have to sign into to read. Always read Hunziker of course when he posts…

      So hot in Siberia that bare limestone formations are now venting methane; not just melting permafrost and (formerly) frozen peat bogs. That giant slump/sinkhole that is being explored as it continues to collapse? They found a 40,000 frozen foal with viable muscle tissue cells in it, and some scientists are going to try to clone the extinct horse…read about that the other day. The hole is huge, they have to rappel down it’s so deep, and it said that they can hear the frozen ground cracking and splitting as it warms up with huge chunks of the walls falling every day.

      It sure isn’t looking good. I always tell people to watch the methane release but truthfully, there is so much going on across the planet that no single person can keep up with all the bad news.

      Not and stay sane…or whatever this form of consciousness is we are experiencing. It often seems to be a worldwide form of madness as tar sands pipelines continue to be built and new well permits are sold for more deep ocean drilling and coal mines continue to be expanded…

      All of this is speeding up. Faster and faster we swirl around the toilet bowl. And now it’s official, we have a La Nina setting up for the Northern Hemisphere winter.

      https://www.severe-weather.eu/global-weather/enso-la-nina-watch-autumn-winter-2021-2022-usa-europe-fa/

      At this point nobody knows what the hell is coming. You can’t predict with a destabilizing climate creating changes that can’t be accounted for. With 10% more water in the atmosphere this means MUCH more rain coming at the US this Fall/Winter.

      We haven’t had spit for snowfall in these mountains the last two years, either, and no serious steady long-term rains this year at all. I did the morning dog walk and saw stressed out trees and dying conifer saplings everywhere today. Even with the little rain I’ve had the last couple of weeks the ground is NOT bouncy and giving. It is dry and hard.

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    • One thing I definitely like about living here is that the sky is so dark. Mostly due to there being no streetlights or large towns nearby blotting out the sky above with glare. I can see multiple satellites racing in all directions but beyond that is the center of our galaxy like a swath of bright paint smeared above my head. At this point I can’t tell using eyeballs that the moon reflecting our planet glare is diminishing but somehow I’m not surprised.

      Funny how Guy had all these details that the new paper missed from the earlier studies. Aren’t people supposed to be checking on that sort of thing when publishing these kind of reports?

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  8. Kevin Hester says:

    “At its peak, the polynya measured 60 miles (100 kilometers) long and 19 miles (30 kilometers) wide.”
    That’s 3000 sq Kilometers of albedo lost.
    I think it’s fair to say that we have lost the ‘Last Refuge of Ice’.

    https://gizmodo.com/massive-rift-detected-in-arctic-s-last-refuge-of-ice-1847872653?fbclid=IwAR3P1UtW3YtnoqzoUvHj7aTbaBvdwjpRAuDJS-fq50iWws2MHeHciK75yrA

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  9. Kevin Hester says:

    “There will be several contributors to rapid planetary heating in the wake of an ice-free Arctic Ocean. Primary among these contributors are: 1) loss of albedo; 2) latent heat; 3) loss of aerosol masking; and 4) release of methane from the relatively shallow continental shelves in the Arctic Ocean.”
    More inconvenient science from the good professor.

    https://weeklyhubris.com/the-importance-of-arctic-sea-ice-to-life-on-earth/

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  10. Kevin Hester says:

    “The thawing of the permafrost creates a change in albedo, which means that the polar region is less reflective than it was in the past,”
    The Albedo feedback loop is literally a killer;
    https://www.space.com/europe-climate-warming-faster-than-world?fbclid=IwAR3iqFBwjoTEd5AzWufiFYFYjsQCcg1145htBOf7sUjm5SY5905yPOI1Pg8

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  11. Is it me or does it seem like all the scary climate possibilities that hasn’t been paid attention to by ‘those in charge’ are accelerating as they converge towards really bad outcomes? The term Inconvenient seems to be too mild of a word here, Kevin.

    There is so much weird shit going on with the weather over the US right now… Hearing from friends in Missouri, Maryland, Montana, Utah, Eugene, San Diego, and Hawai’i and nothing is even close to ‘normal’ but of course it wouldn’t be now would it? Not to mention here where I had 2″ of snow yesterday morning and today it’s sunny and 10C.

    Have a few orders in and needed to get back out in the shop and be busy sewing instead of on this machine.

    sealintheSelkirks

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  12. Kevin Hester says:

    “Changes will happen decades earlier than previously thought.”

    “More rain than snow will fall in the Arctic and this transition will occur decades earlier than previously predicted, a new study led by the University of Manitoba (UM) and co-authored by scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at CU Boulder reports.”

    https://guymcpherson.com/science-update-arctic-snow-transitions-to-rain/

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    • There’s another ‘atmospheric river’ about to slam into California, expected snowfall at Kirkwood Ski Resort on Sunday will be over 2 meters. Mountain orographics will enhance the amount of water that falls in San Francisco, but still going to be major rainfall in the lowlands and valleys.

      This beast will completely miss me up here on the Canada border.

      My old friend DP on Windward Side of Oah’u sent pictures of the drowning Hawai’i just got. Slides everywhere…and water falling from the sky like you wouldn’t believe. A Kona low just nailed them. This ‘river’ is about to put just as much water on California…

      More rain will fall everywhere it looks like. My weather says rain tomorrow, 1/4 inch. Rain in mid-December 40 air miles from Canada. Hmmmm.

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      Update: It’s Saturday afternoon and the wind is howling, conifers are bending, and tarps are turning into spinnakers billowing out trying to sail the carport away.

      And it rained, probably more than predicted. The little layer of snow on roofs washed off very quickly as there are puddles and mud not frozen ground that should be here in mid-December.
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      Guy raises his eyebrows over the ‘popular articles’ that don’t mention the really bad stuff going on. Why is this no surprise? I read commondreams mostly daily and I see a lot of minimizing and lying by omission. It’s easier to get out of bed every morning that way.

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  13. […] Anomalies of methane in the atmosphere over the East Siberian shelf: Is there any sign of methane leakage from shallow shelf hydrates? – by Shakhova, Semiletov, Salyuk and Kosmach (2008) “Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4 trillion tons emitted since the Industrial Age, according to current and former researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.”“At current rates, this roughly equates to 25 years of global CO2 emissions.” […]

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  14. One from yesterday on Greenland, the next from today by Hunziker. Put them together, add in the ice-free Arctic in 2022 that Guy just mentions, and you get…some really bad shit.

    Catastrophic Global Disorder Beckons Unless We Act Swiftly on Climate
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/12/16/catastrophic-global-disorder-beckons-unless-we-act-swiftly-climate

    What if the Doomsday Glacier Collapses?
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/12/17/what-if-the-doomsday-glacier-collapses/
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    Selkirk Range weather: Another 2″ of snow yesterday morning and the sky pitter-pattered flakes until early afternoon when the temp went above freezing and the sun broke through. Then it re-froze after dark and cleared off last night to brilliantly bright stars and moon.

    It really doesn’t look like mid-December here. A couple inches on a little bit of hard icy left-overs does not a winter make. More expected over the weekend. The local ski hill opened today with a claimed total of 17″ of snow on top of the Peak. The snowcams are showing a very thin icy-hard pack with bushes sticking out everywhere. There are people up boarding and skiing of course, but conditions are dangerous in my opinion. Too easy to snag one of the many bushes sticking up out of the snow even on the limited ‘groomed’ runs that are open. More snow due this weekend into next week.

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  15. Kevin Hester says:

    The Arctic ecosystem is unravelling exactly as Guy and I have been predicting for years. I’ll post a link to Professor Corey Bradshaw’s work and our interview with him below for further reference.
    Don’t shoot the messenger.

    “Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world’s most important fisheries.
    In the last five years, scientists have observed animal die-offs of unprecedented size, scope and duration in the waters of the Beaufort, Chukchi and northern Bering seas, while recording the displacement and disappearance of entire species of fish and ocean-dwelling invertebrates. The ecosystem is critical for resident seals, walruses and bears, as well as migratory gray whales, birds, sea lions and numerous other animals.”
    In June last year we interviewed Professor Corey Bradshaw about his paper ‘Extinction Cascades’, now we can see then unfolding in the high Arctic with the entire marine and dependent terrestrial ecosystem in danger.

    https://guymcpherson.com/science-update-climate-change-is-wreaking-havoc-in-the-arctic-and-beyond/

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  16. Kevin Hester says:

    Cascading Arctic Changes will create new planet soon;. Where have we heard that before

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  17. […] John Doyle and Arctic Oceanographer Jim Massa discuss the unravelling in the Arctic and the cascading consequences of lost albedo and habitat for the Arctic fauna and flora both above and below the […]

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  18. Kevin Hester says:

    3.5 trillion tonnes of ice lost in the last decade alone.
    Abrupt climate change writ large.

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  19. sealintheselkirks says:

    And in California, the drought persists because the ice packs are going and that has seriously changed the Northern Jet Stream. Even with the monster ‘atmospheric rivers’ that have hit this winter down south (with 17 feet of snow in Tahoe over one week), California still burns.

    Wildfire in Big Sur closes part of California’s Highway 1 and forces evacuations

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/big-sur-colorado-fire-highway-1-closure-california-evacuations
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    And with all the science that is pointing in the same damned direction, it still doesn’t seem to penetrate the little weasel minds of the wealthy that their family is going to die out, too, along with every other mammal weighing over 20 pounds. But this might explain a little why:

    Capitalists Only “Trust the Science” When It Suits Their Agenda
    Trusting science should not mean trusting in the benevolence of the ruling class.

    https://www.leftvoice.org/capitalists-only-trust-the-science-when-it-suits-their-agenda/
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    As for weather in these mountains, I have mostly been sitting under an inversion layer of overcast and fog with very little precip that is persisting with its grayness with 3-6C daytime temperatures. It should be -9 or 10C. The local snowboarding hill is at a dismal 79″ of base on the Peak and they are lying about that because I can look at the snowcams and judge quite well what it is not after 18 years of riding the place. There are two months left in the season as they close April 10th. Average snowfall twenty years ago was 305″ a season. I don’t think it’s going to even get close to half that, but then it hasn’t the last two winters anyway.

    The Peak is in sunshine, the snow is a consistently awful layer of bulletproof concrete only good for skiers not boarders. The weather prediction for the next ten days has less than a 40% ‘chance’ of any day getting precip which means it isn’t going to snow but they need to give hope to the snowsports people.

    From the Peak snowcam looking at the Canadian peaks 40 miles north there is a distinct lack of snowpack in view and one can see a long way in that cam.

    Abrupt shift writ large indeed, Kevin, in these mountains. I mean, rain the first week of January? It rained the night of the 12th, too. The night of the 19th/20th I fell asleep reading and woke up at 4am with the dog wanting out, opened the door and IT WAS RAINING again.

    If it rains next week that will be every week this month.

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  20. sealintheselkirks says:

    I forgot to add this. From 3 years ago…and now it’s…much worse. Wow, how easy people forget.

    Greenland Part II interview

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  21. sealintheselkirks says:

    Expect no changes in this country. Biden has always been a corporate-owned politician with a strong vested interest in keeping the status quo of white colonial oligarch history going. This popped up:

    ConocoPhillips’ Plan for Extracting Half-a-Billion Barrels of Crude in Alaska’s Fragile Arctic Presents a Defining Moment for Joe Biden

    After the Trump administration rushed through the Willow project in its waning days, a federal judge temporarily halted development pending additional review. Environmentalists want Biden to kill Willow once and for all.

    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23012022/conocophillips-willow-alaska-biden/
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    All these oil companies…will fight to the last drop to squeeze every penny they can stuff into their pockets. But then the bosses have always known the collapse was coming. It’s scary to think how twisted the minds have been that knew in the 60s but taped their scientists mouths shut in favor of money and power.

    Big sigh.

    sealintheSelkirks

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  22. Kevin Hester says:

    Peter Carter
    19 hrs ·
    Unprecedented decline of Arctic sea ice
    This is abrupt collapse of Arctic sea ice
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-022-01319-3
    https://journals.ametsoc.org/…/35/4/JCLI-D-21-0099.1.xml

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  23. Kevin Hester says:

    The Guardian goes through the motions of reporting on the great unravelling but always downplays the consequences.
    The loss of albedo with the loss of sea ice is possibly the biggest issue after the methane threat.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/21/extremes-of-40c-above-normal-whats-causing-extraordinary-heating-in-polar-regions?fbclid=IwAR3p7_LUQmUowipAPGdusrvsXVIM_rjpEr8yThrrdNh4RC7YjPk07V2_FPM

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  24. Kevin Hester says:

    Kris’s latest on the collapse of the Sea Ice, it’s never good news

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    • sealintheselkirks says:

      This is getting freaky, ya know? The speed of the disintegration is astounding. I’m looking at the April 9th sat picture right now. Just how fast is this going to disappear?

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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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