Basically, both the Arctic and the Antarctic hit new record lows for sea ice extent in November. This is pretty much unheard of and it has scientists a tad bit
Here's the picture in the Arctic:
Yes... it's true that it's just one month, and even if the trend were to continue throughout the season it's possible that it's just an anomaly.
What's the old saying? Oh I know: One month of historically low sea ice doth not a global emergency OMG we've hit the tipping point and now the feedback loops are all kicking in and WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!! disaster make. But it is quite interesting.
Anyhow, there are lots of articles on the topic, but this one in the Washington Post is a good summary of the situation in case you're curious.
Somehow I am oddly comforted by the idea that we might be on the cusp of something really bad environmentally speaking. It's not that I want anyone to suffer, but somehow the prospect of a species-threatening environmental catastrophe sorta puts things like my mother's estate or paying for health insurance into perspective.
I dunno... It just seems like everywhere I turn I see powerful people trying to grab more power, and conflicts over resources and control.
But honestly, I just can't escape the sensation that we're all fighting over... errr, I mean rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
Anyhow, I have no what to do with this information, but I thought you should know. At the moment this is the best advice I can come up with:
|You've been warned!!|