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« Reply #800 on: May 10, 2019, 03:18:13 PM »
Mexico's prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-05-mexico-prized-beaches-threatened-smelly.html

Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum—a seaweed-like algae—piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal. 

Mexico's Riviera Maya Caribbean coast provides half the country's tourism revenues and very little sargassum reached it prior to 2014. But a possible combination of climate change, pollution from fertilizers and ocean flows and currents carrying the algae mats to the Caribbean has caused the problem to explode.

... While tourist arrivals at the Cancun airport were up 3.3% in March over the same month last year, many fear this will not last long with the sargassum befouling white sand beaches and blue waters, as well as the air—sargassum decomposes with a rotten egg smell. As it decays and sinks to the bottom, it can also smother the coral the Caribbean is known for, and accumulations on beaches can make it harder for sea turtles to nest.

"In my humble opinion it's a disaster that will eventually cripple the tourism, the businesses and, sad to say, destroy the local economy," said Jef A. Gardner, a frequent visitor to Playa del Carmen from Knoxville, Tennessee. "This is a Caribbean problem on the east coast that goes from Cancun all the way past Ambergris Caye in Belize."

The concerns may not be hyperbole: the sargassum mats appear even worse along parts of Mexico's coast than they did last year. And the problem affects almost all the islands and mainland beaches in the Caribbean to an extent. The U.S. Gulf coast got hit in 2014 and the east coast of Florida is getting sargassum this year.

... the sargassum mats appear to be the result of increased nutrient flows and ocean water upwelling that brings nutrients up from the bottom. Prevailing ocean currents carry the algae into the Caribbean, where it can grow further.  ... the cycle is not likely to stop anytime soon.

"Because of global climate change we may have increased upwelling, increased air deposition, or increased nutrient source from rivers, so all three may have increased the recent large amounts of sargassum," 



... Get Used To It!

... "You can clean up a beach, get it clean, imagine starting at 6 a.m. and by 11 a.m. you don't have any algae, and by 7 p.m. when the sun sets, it's full again," said Lopez.

This all makes people nostalgic for the days before 2014 when sargassum "was very little, very manageable, not a problem, not a risk, just barely a line" in the sand
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« Reply #801 on: May 13, 2019, 05:18:02 PM »
Delhi Hit By Rare Summer Air Pollution Alert
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-delhi-rare-summer-air-pollution.html

New Delhi suffered a rare summer air pollution alert Monday as dust storms and heat over northern India took smog to hazardous levels.

The world's most polluted capital city is blanketed in a toxic smog of car fumes, agricultural smoke and factory waste most winters, but it is less severe in summer months.

On Monday, the Indian government's air quality index hit "very poor" with PM 2.5 particles, the most harmful, at 154 micrograms per cubic metre, five times the normal safe level.

Clouds of dust swirled around the streets and many people brought out masks generally used in winter.

Pollution levels started rising the day after a top minister promised that Delhi's air would be clean in three years because of action taken by the government.

The Delhi region has been described as a "gas chamber" by the state's incumbent chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #802 on: May 14, 2019, 02:49:18 AM »
Mexico's prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-05-mexico-prized-beaches-threatened-smelly.html

Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum—a seaweed-like algae—piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal. 
To a large degree, this is caused by the resorts' own poor or non-existent sewage treatment. Simply requiring resort communities to have decent sewage treatment would reduce the problem considerably. Of course it would not address the massive nutrient loading coming from American farms.

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« Reply #803 on: May 14, 2019, 03:27:06 AM »
Mexico's prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-05-mexico-prized-beaches-threatened-smelly.html

Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum—a seaweed-like algae—piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal. 
To a large degree, this is caused by the resorts' own poor or non-existent sewage treatment. Simply requiring resort communities to have decent sewage treatment would reduce the problem considerably. Of course it would not address the massive nutrient loading coming from American farms.

Even though all this seaweed is coming from the Amazon basin region and moving north on the ocean currents?

It has nothing to do whatsoever with the "resorts in Mexico or American farms"
(if the news reports and their talking head scientists are accurate)
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« Reply #804 on: May 14, 2019, 02:13:53 PM »
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« Reply #805 on: May 16, 2019, 04:07:10 PM »
Mexico's prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-05-mexico-prized-beaches-threatened-smelly.html

Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum—a seaweed-like algae—piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal. 
To a large degree, this is caused by the resorts' own poor or non-existent sewage treatment. Simply requiring resort communities to have decent sewage treatment would reduce the problem considerably. Of course it would not address the massive nutrient loading coming from American farms.

Even though all this seaweed is coming from the Amazon basin region and moving north on the ocean currents?

It has nothing to do whatsoever with the "resorts in Mexico or American farms"
(if the news reports and their talking head scientists are accurate)
The article does not rule out pollution from resorts. It does reference increased fertilizer loads. Yes the sargassum comes from... the Sargasso sea, yes it is fed by upwelling nutrient rich water, yes other rivers than the Mississippi contribute but so too does untreated sewage and the monstrous amount of nutrients that flow into the gulf of Mexico from American farms.

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« Reply #806 on: May 16, 2019, 05:15:32 PM »
It is unlikely that it is pollution from resorts since the Yucatan Current runs along that coast at a 5 knot clip, moving North.  Playa de Carmen is not in that flow line. 

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« Reply #807 on: May 16, 2019, 10:04:06 PM »
The sargassum problem is way bigger than just Mexican beaches. It affects wide areas of the caribbean. I saw the problem first hand last year, and it was astonishing to see nature's capacity for disruption.

For anyone interested this website is a great resource for tracking sargassum blooms:

http://seas-forecast.com/

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« Reply #808 on: May 16, 2019, 10:11:18 PM »
North Korea has become unlivable for other reasons, of course, but this can't be helping:

North Korea has said it is suffering its worst drought in 37 years

 
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    ...the UN said that up to 10 million North Koreans were "in urgent need of food assistance".

    North Koreans had been surviving on just 300g (10.5 oz) of food a day so far this year, the UN report said.

    In the 1990s, a devastating famine is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of North Koreans.

    There is no indication as yet that this drought will be as severe, but it follows a slew of warnings about poor harvests and crop damage across the country.....

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48290957
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« Reply #809 on: May 17, 2019, 09:11:19 PM »
Many, many places.  But the answer is much the same as for climate change: dump fossil fuel use.

Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All, New Global Study Claims
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A comprehensive global study by the International Respiratory Society’s Environmental Committee and published recently in CHEST, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, claims that air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body. Here’s the executive summary of the report.

Air pollution poses a great environmental risk to health. Outdoor fine particulate matter (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter < 2.5 μm) exposure is the fifth leading risk factor for death in the world, accounting for 4.2 million deaths and > 103 million disability-adjusted life years lost according to the Global Burden of Disease Report. The World Health Organization attributes 3.8 million additional deaths to indoor air pollution.

Air pollution can harm acutely, usually manifested by respiratory or cardiac symptoms, as well as chronically, potentially affecting every organ in the body. It can cause, complicate, or exacerbate many adverse health conditions. Tissue damage may result directly from pollutant toxicity because fine and ultrafine particles can gain access to organs, or indirectly through systemic inflammatory processes.

Susceptibility is partly under genetic and epigenetic regulation. Although air pollution affects people of all regions, ages, and social groups, it is likely to cause greater illness in those with heavy exposure and greater susceptibility. Persons are more vulnerable to air pollution if they have other illnesses or less social support. Harmful effects occur on a continuum of dosage and even at levels below air quality standards previously considered to be safe.

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https://cleantechnica.com/2019/05/17/air-pollution-is-slowly-killing-us-all-new-global-study-claims/
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« Reply #811 on: May 19, 2019, 12:22:50 PM »
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Quote from: Juan C. García on Today at 04:09:13 AM
With the pollution in Mexico City and surrounding, I am starting to be sick, so I will go early to bed.
Can someone else post the JAXA data?
Thanks.


https://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-pollution-20190518-story.html
Smog chokes Mexico City as fires fan pollution
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A smoky haze that has blanketed this capital for the past week is fraying nerves, spurring health worries and generating criticism of elected officials.

Authorities ordered Mexico City schools closed Thursday and Friday and urged people to stay indoors, as the photochemical miasma enveloping the metropolitan area, home to more than 20 million, failed to disperse.

Professional soccer games and other outdoor events were canceled as part of an emergency decree imposed on Tuesday, and the city government set driving limits to curb the number of vehicles in circulation. Many pedestrians and cyclists donned surgical masks.

The month of May, before the onset of summer rains, traditionally brings the worst air quality of the year to Mexico City, which lies in a high-altitude valley where vehicular and industrial fumes are trapped. A heat wave and sparse winds have made things worse.

This year, however, authorities say fires raging outside the city have exacerbated the problem as smoke has converged above the city and environs, mixing with a toxic brew of contaminants. Measuring stations have found dangerously high levels of tiny particulates, viewed as especially hazardous because they can damage people’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems.


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/may/17/air-pollution-may-be-damaging-every-organ-and-cell-in-the-body-finds-global-review
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« Reply #812 on: May 19, 2019, 12:59:53 PM »
Juan's plight makes me realise how lucky I am even though a neighbour's burning of plastics and waste oil recently caused my first athsma attack in over 30 years .. At least I was able to get it stopped . The thought of 20 million people struggling to breath and stay well , trapped in a huge Shitty has me struggling to hold back the tears .. b.c.
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« Reply #813 on: May 19, 2019, 04:48:19 PM »
Losing Juan and his daily updates from Mexico due to air pollution, would be a tragedy in itself.  Having not heard from Terry in Canada for a while, may also be related to adverse life conditions in those tracts. Please do not let this blog clientel turn into a death society/community, which voluntarily exposes itself to all kinds of hostile climates, adverse air pollution incidents and climate change science denier's shootouts.

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« Reply #814 on: May 19, 2019, 06:35:53 PM »
Farmers and officials in Illinois and Missouri are desperately battling floodwaters along the Mississippi River. They’re also battling each other.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-endangered-mississippi-river-illinois-missouri-20190510-story.html

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From unpaved Swain Slough Road, past scrubby bottomlands and two lonely oak trees, the mound of grass-covered earth stretches beyond the tree line as far as the eye can see. Stacks of white canvas sandbags and mounds of dirty sand line the crest of the giant berm, holding back the rushing waters beyond.

Not visible from the base of the levee, the Mississippi River is only a few feet away, mud-green and roiling as it slices a meandering border between Illinois and Missouri. The levee is the only obstacle preventing the water from pouring into the farms and fields of Pike County, Ill., a sprawling expanse of no-stoplight towns and rolling hills southeast of Quincy at the western edge of the state.

On this serene spring evening, quiet except for the whistling red-winged blackbirds, bellowing frogs and distant purr of ATVs beyond McCraney Creek, it’s hard to imagine this is the epicenter of an emotional clash dividing neighbors and states on both sides of America’s most famous river.

The pitched battle over the patchwork of human-made levees designed to control the river has led one environmental group, American Rivers, to name a section of the river, from Muscatine, Iowa, to Hamburg, Ill., about 75 miles northwest of St. Louis, one of America’s 10 “most endangered rivers.”

“This river is very important to the United States of America, and they’re treating it like it’s not,” said Nancy Guyton, who owns land in Missouri, across the river and downstream from the levee. “This river is being abused.”

Flooding in the Chicago area has been so bad in the past decade that only places ravaged by hurricanes sustain more damage.

The remnants of this spring’s massive flooding remain on Guyton’s farm field near tiny Annada, Mo. Guyton and her husband normally grow corn and soybeans there, but the field is submerged in a sheet of murky water that laps up to the railroad tracks at the border of town. At the water’s edge, a blanket of washed-up corn husks, corn cobs, splintered tree limbs and stumps litter the landscape.

The scene is quite different behind the levee a dozen miles to the north on the Illinois side of the river. Tractors belch smoke as they pull giant plows across the land. Field after field is planted with neat rows of crops, tiny tufts of green poking up through the rich soil.

Levees like the one owned and maintained by the Sny Island Levee Drainage District, a taxing body created after the Civil War, are at the center of an ongoing debate over flood control, river management, environmental philosophy and the basic concept of whether humans can, and should, try to control nature.

“The water’s gotta go somewhere,” said Robert Criss, a professor of earth and planetary science at Washington University in St. Louis who studies Mississippi River water levels and flooding. “We’re trying to choke off the river. It’s like clogging up your arteries with a bunch of cholesterol.”

Water wars
The way American Rivers frames the issue, a series of “illegal” levees along both sides of the river in three states, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, is threatening more than 170,000 acres of flood plain and farmland, increasing the flood risk for farmers, small towns and cities along the banks, inundating riverside habitats and changing the flow of the river.

The environmental group’s main gripe is that levees are being built too high — “raised” is the term used — without the required permits and approvals. Combined with other man-made navigation structures, such as wing dikes, dams and locks, the infrastructure, even if made of sand and earth, is changing the character of the river and the surrounding habitat, said Eileen Shader of American Rivers.

But many of the levee districts, the agencies in control of many of the earthen berms up and down the river, say they are not only operating in good faith and within the law, but operating to protect the farms, towns, houses and roadways that dot the landscape along the Mississippi. And those on the Illinois side are skeptical about the bellyaching from their counterparts across the river, questioning why they are being blamed for natural disasters caused by heavier recent rainfall and a pulsing river.

Mike Reed, the superintendent of the Sny Island levee district, said “flood control works,” and he simply disagrees that levees are making matters worse along the river. The Sny Island levee, Reed said, protects interstates 72 and 172 near Quincy, the highway bridges from Illinois into Hannibal and the town of Louisiana in Missouri, two cross-country railroad lines and several towns, in addition to farmland. Since the record flood of 1993, he said, the district has only raised its levees in a way that would affect the water level downstream in Missouri one other time, in 2008, and that action was by the books because of emergency declarations.

“Any improvement done to the system is done within the rules and regulations at the time,” Reed said. “Some people, especially those to the south, are trying to say that our levees are raising the flood levels on them. That’s just not true. It’s inaccurate.”

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Amy Larson, president of the National Waterways Conference, a group that works on issues including river commerce, ports, power plants, safety and infrastructure, said levees can be part of an effective overall plan that balances the myriad interests along the river.

“This long, extended season of flooding along the Mississippi is a stark reminder that we need to make thoughtful decisions about our infrastructure to ensure the safety of those who live along the river,” Larson said. “A myopic, one-size-fits-all approach will not allow us to reach that goal.”

The tussle involves complicated federal regulations and an array of federal, state and local agencies charged with balancing the welfare of local residents, vast swaths of farmland, ship traffic and commerce on the river, and environmental issues. American Rivers says the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs to do more to enforce legal levee heights. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has withdrawn access to money certain levee districts used for repairs, but it does not have the authority to address levee certifications.

More frequent flooding
All of this is happening against the backdrop of more frequent flooding. Between 1861 and 1943, Criss said, the river near St. Louis topped 38 feet only once. Since 2013, it topped 40 feet four times. Flooding like that experienced in the Midwest this spring is occurring with increased regularity, and scientists say the frequency of heavy rains is skyrocketing. After a reprieve over the past two weeks, more rain is in the forecast in the next few days, reigniting concerns that the river may once again test the limits of the levees and the river valley towns from the Quad Cities to St. Louis.

A March report by a team of Midwestern researchers suggests extreme bouts of precipitation and flooding could be the new normal in the Great Lakes region due to climate change. While the United States has seen annual precipitation climb 4 percent between 1901 and 2015, Great Lakes states have experienced a 10 percent rise over this same period.

Criss, in a 2016 research paper, wrote that “flooding in the Mississippi basin has become increasingly uncertain, and a succession of progressively higher, peak annual water levels is observed at many sites.”

How will climate change affect Chicago and the Midwest? Here's what the experts are telling us. »

The levees, Criss suggests, if they are going to exist at all, need to be moved farther inland to help free up natural flood plains and provide relief to a river that has too many channels and bottlenecks.

“We’ve messed with the river too much,” Criss said. “The levees are too high and too close.”

Landowners like Guyton, a vocal member of Neighbors of the Mississippi, a group pushing for equitable flood control measures, are in the middle of this tussle. Guyton said about one-third of her 3,000 acres have been flooded this year, and she blames the levees upstream. Without the levees blocking the floodwaters, at least some of the Mississippi River would have spilled into bottomlands and flood plains across eastern Iowa and western Illinois instead of being funneled downstream onto her land and that of her neighbors.

South of Guyton’s farm, access road to Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is impassable. Several blocks of downtown Louisiana, Mo., remained underwater earlier in the week. High water signs blocked Missouri Route 79 between Annada and Clarksville, forcing motorists to detour into the rolling hills and patchwork of roads to the west.

“No one’s following the rules, and no one’s making them follow the rules,” said Guyton, who has clashed with levee district officials as well as state and federal representatives up and down the Mississippi River.

Matt Jones, a farmer, seed dealer and crop insurance agent in Elsberry, Mo., and secretary of the Elsberry Drainage District, said the actions of other levee districts that raise levees during floods and do not return them to their required levels are unfairly punishing other communities, especially those on the Missouri side of the river. Flooded farmland, Jones said, is decimating crop yields and sapping farmers’ livelihood.

“How’d you like to go a year without getting paid?” Jones said, pointing to the floodwaters visible through a break in the trees. “We can’t plant until next spring now. That hurts.”

When flooding happens, here are ways you can weather the storm »

Jones says his levee district plays by the rules because it’s the neighborly way to operate.

“When others raise their levees and we can’t, where’s the water supposed to go?” Jones said. “It’s pretty basic physics from there.”

Jones said he doesn’t believe in climate change but rather believes more development and concrete in roads and towns along the river leads to increased and faster runoff toward the river, leading to a swollen river.

“This is not abstract,” he said. “The water has to go someplace.”

There are an estimated 1,926 miles of levees across all of Missouri, according to a state hazard mitigation report, primarily built to protect agricultural land, but not up to design standards to protect people and property. In fact, five levees in Pike County, Mo., have “unacceptable” ratings, after inspections in 2016. In April, representatives with the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a group focused on flood plain development in the St. Louis region, wrote to members of Congress and Missouri, Illinois and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials to express concern about the levee situation along the Mississippi.

“Calls to address the flood disaster by rebuilding levees even higher than they were previously and adding new levees to our overly channelized river system,” they wrote, “are counterproductive and must be resisted.”

‘A very ugly problem’
The Sny Island Levee Drainage District was organized in 1880 to “provide for the construction, reparation and protection of the drains, ditches and levees across the lands of others for agricultural, sanitary and mining purposes.” The district includes land in Pike, Adams and Calhoun counties in western Illinois, stretching about 60 miles from north to south and 3 to 7 miles across. After the creation of the district, a 54-mile-long levee was constructed “for the purpose of preventing the overflow waters of the Mississippi River from spreading out over the lands of the District,” according to a recent court filing.

Since then, the district has embarked on a series of construction projects, including two new pump stations and a 3.9-mile levee berm on the north end of the levee, near a section that breached in the 1993 flood. In its 2017 court filing for the authority to levy an additional assessment on taxpayers, the commissioners of the district detail how recent heavy rain events, in 2015 and 2017, left tens of thousands of acres of farmland underwater, damaging near-mature crops. The district’s aging pumps, Reed said, could not keep up with the water levels and were wasting diesel fuel because of their inefficiency.

“Is this (the heavy rains) just going to be the new normal? I would not say it’s a fluke because we’ve been seeing this the last several years,” Reed said. “But what will it be like in 50 years? I don’t know.”

But eliminating levees, Reed said, doesn’t make sense, especially when they are protecting towns and farms up and down the river.

“I disagree with that,” he said. “The big issue is the precipitation.”

The answer, Reed said, is a regional flood control plan that protects all of the upper Mississippi River valley.

The “war of the levees,” as Criss calls it, is not new. In fact, the debate over levees and whether or how they should be used to tame the Mississippi dates back to 1852, when engineer Charles Ellet was commissioned to prepare a report for Congress on the issue, cautioning that progressive levee construction would make flooding worse within the river valley.

As more levees have been built along the river and more frequent heavy rains pound the Upper Midwest and the central part of the country, Criss said, the situation has worsened.

“This is a continuing narrative, and the severity of ignoring the prophecies made long ago is having a heavier and heavier price every year,” Criss said. “And it’s become particularly heavy these last five years.”

More levees, more wing dams, more rain and more snowmelt equals a torrent of water making its way from Minnesota southward to Illinois and beyond. With natural flood plains blocked, the water is funneled farther south, spilling out where it finds openings — often in the unprotected territory or where the levees have not been raised as high as the other side.

“It’s become,” Criss said, “a very ugly problem.”

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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #815 on: May 19, 2019, 10:36:30 PM »
Another tragedy of the commons. Everyone doing their best to pass the excess waters downstream, while waiting for the big one.

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« Reply #816 on: Today at 08:01:28 AM »
Losing Juan and his daily updates from Mexico due to air pollution, would be a tragedy in itself.  Having not heard from Terry in Canada for a while, may also be related to adverse life conditions in those tracts. Please do not let this blog clientel turn into a death society/community, which voluntarily exposes itself to all kinds of hostile climates, adverse air pollution incidents and climate change science denier's shootouts.


I excuse myself because I expressed myself so badly. Pollution has been terrible in central Mexico, but I was only taking about been out for one or maybe a couple of days. I was feeling pretty bad, so I was not going to post yesterday night.
Things are fine (as fine as it can be, given that we have lost almost 2/3 of ASI volume, measuring 2010-18 versus 1979-2000 and we have also local pollution). But I hope to be posting here for several years. I am JAXA addicted, so I usually cannot go to bed without looking the new data.

Thanks for been concerned and for your good wishes...  :)
And let's hope that Terry is fine too.
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Which is the best answer to Sep-2012 ASI lost (compared to 1979-2000)?
50% [NSIDC Extent] or
73% [PIOMAS Volume]

Volume is harder to measure than extent, but 3-dimensional space is real, 2D's hide ~50% thickness gone.
-> IPCC/NSIDC trends [based on extent] underestimate the real speed of ASI lost.