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Huge amounts of ice have been exported via all the exits and continue to be as the pack is unprecedently mobile - this must play a part in the slow volume increase on top of the other factors(eg SSTs and atmospheric warmth), and doesn't augur well - just how open will the Atlantic front get by September. I can't imagine anything but a record min for volume
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2017 on PIOMAS April 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Jim/Wayne I think the denial-peddlers are getting a bit desperate- and therefore more strident - as the younger half of the audience (at least) are slipping away from their grasp as they see what's happening outside the window. Unprecendented weather, not just in the Arctic is demolishing the false equivalence. More of the fossil-fueled comment BTL on sites like the guardian is along the lines of "It's too late to do anything?" - reminds me of the Simpson's classic fugu episode Events like the 47C heatwave in Sydney while our local trumpoids juggled a lump of coal in parliament didn't go down well despite media urging. The trogodolytes in power now are making a last stand for the vested interests. That doesn't make the situation rosy or anything given the pace with which AGW is unfolding
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2017 on Lowest maximum on record (again) at Arctic Sea Ice
It's a bit OT but since we are talking about swans I have to say, having grown up in and lived in Australia most of my life, black swans are normal, white ones are creatures of myth and fairytale, and ballet etc,
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2016 on Sabbatical (I hope) at Arctic Sea Ice
Viddaloo, we both and most everyone here knows that 'growth' is not a sustainable or even survivable economic model. (unless the growth is contained to the abstract numeric sphere, how many $ is immaterial). But the current model spruiked by mainstream economists and the financial system also does not produce growth anyway, except in pollution, and social outcomes grow worse, declining life expectancy in the US underclasses for example. Investment in energy transition would bring employment, more support of the children(John Christensen), and a bit of time to work out a fair non-growth system for those of us we collectively can keep alive as the shit hits the fan.Or things will turn extremely ugly as we make our exit All human systems depend on some kind of consent
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2016 on Sabbatical (I hope) at Arctic Sea Ice
Well done Neven, I hope everything works out for you and your family. As for Trump, dumping Paris makes China the leader, officially as well as otherwise
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2016 on Sabbatical (I hope) at Arctic Sea Ice
By west I guess I especially mean Australia, the US and Canada
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on PIOMAS November 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
NeilT I think your outlook re renewables is too pessimistic. The current approach in the west is certainly pathetic, but the technology, including storage like distributed LiO2 arrays on the the grid are ready to be scaled. China's CO2 emisions have plateaued due to a certain amount more political will, there is a way forward, given the mobilixation. How many orders of magnitude has coal based generation been scaled since 100 years ago when Lenin promissed "Peace, Bread, and Electricity"? And this is a more capable ad connected world than then
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on PIOMAS November 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Thanks Wayne and Viddaloo, Goodbye Waves is a very apt term - they were everywhere in September when I looked at the ice with Wprldview The natural world is beautiful, but it depends on the context and vantage point. Tropical cyclones like Haiyan also are beautiful, from space. But the more rapid intensification and greater magnitudes of cyclones are alarming, and the disappearance of ice even worse, presaging dangerous changes in the climate like Robert S mentioned The slow refreeze the astonishing and makes me wonder how many decades the winter ice will last - and how rapidly that will impact on Greenland John O'Driscoll
Thanks for this wonderful blog Neven and everyone who contributes. I fear this alarming slow refreeze is the beginning of the death throes fpr the ice, though I'm just an artist lurking around. I'm painting some Goodbye Waves(thanks Wayne) from satellite imagery to try to helpspread the word It appears on my blog at - thanks again and I'll go back to lurking
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