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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:42:34 AM »
'Fires near Mexico City have filled the skies with smoke over the metropolitan area, which is home to around 22 million people. Air quality has become hazardous as smoke pollution has far exceeded levels considered to be safe. Officials in Mexico City have declared an environmental emergency, closed schools, and advised people to stay inside.'

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145062/wildfire-smoke-shrouds-mexico-city

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:10:35 AM »


Ash and Lightning above an Icelandic volcano.

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

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The rest / Re: Brexit...
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:55:55 AM »
Well, well, wellI I didn't realise that the ECHR was responsible for the abolition of slavery! What would we have done without it!

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The rest / Re: Brexit...
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:03:08 AM »
When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991 the members were free to simply walk away and form their own independent countries, with their own currencies, etc., which they did with little apparent difficulty. However, the members of the EU are tied together with a Gordian knot which nobody can figure out how to untie, which suggests that it was badly designed in the first place. Perhaps it would have been better if countries joined up for a set term, eg 10 years, after which they could either leave or renew their membership?

So, it seems to me that the EU is far too complicated and ambitious, few people actually understand it, and the politicians have screwed it up. If politicians learned to follow the KISS principle then perhaps life would be simpler for everyone and they would not find themselves in this purely artificial mess that they have created for themselves.

The European country with the strongest economy is Switzerland, which has never been in the EU, while Italy, one of the founder members has a weak economy with 10.5% unemployment (and Spain has 14.1%, Greece 18.5%), so it is not obvious to me that there is much to be gained from EU membership.

One good thing about Brexit and the EU is that it led to the humiliating downfall of David Cameron and Margaret Thatcher, and soon Theresa May.

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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: April 06, 2019, 09:14:51 AM »

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Consequences / Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« on: February 25, 2019, 02:25:53 PM »
Windy weather in Chicago: a door up a tree.


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The rest / Re: Good music
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:06:23 PM »

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The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: January 23, 2019, 11:35:36 AM »

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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:37:01 PM »

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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: December 19, 2018, 12:07:17 PM »

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Science / Re: ICESAT-2
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:52:48 AM »

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:07:56 AM »

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2018
« on: December 13, 2018, 08:26:26 AM »

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The rest / Re: Astronomical news
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:54:45 AM »
A physicist talks about the hypothesis and its implications here:-

http://www.astronomyforum.net/astrophysics-forum/258999-new-theory-postulates-de-dm-same.html

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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:37:12 AM »
Erebus, by Michael Palin (of Monty Python fame) has been getting tremendous ratings on Goodreads.com - average 4.49 out of 5.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/24/erebus-michael-palin-review-john-franklin-arctic-explorer

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36992484-erebus

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Arctic sea ice / Re: What's new in the Arctic ?
« on: November 14, 2018, 08:23:57 PM »

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Arctic sea ice / Re: "Stupid" Questions :o
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:46:21 AM »
Why is the Amazon rainforest a carbon sink? During its lifetime a tree absorbs carbon as it grows, but then it eventually dies and the carbon is all released back into the atmosphere as it decomposes. Therefore a tree is carbon-neutral when looked at over its entire existence. So where does the carbon that is absorbed by the sink go to?

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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: October 31, 2018, 04:07:25 PM »


From jesusandmo.net.

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Science / Re: Retrograde rotation
« on: October 18, 2018, 02:37:31 PM »
More evidence for the fine-tuning argument, which says that everything about the universe indicates that it is fine-tuned to be hostile to life!  ;)

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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:28:48 AM »

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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:29:23 AM »

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:38:13 AM »

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:35:52 PM »


From the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photograph awards.

https://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/gallery/2018_finalists.php

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:22:33 PM »
Venta Maersk has almost completed her journey, but needed help from ice-breakers.

http://www.highnorthnews.com/maersk-container-ship-transits-arctic-ocean-with-icebreaker-escort/

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:26:34 PM »
"A convoy of Chinese cargo ships, with at least two carrying turbine blades and other equipment for the wind power industry, has traveled via the Northern Sea Route from Asia to Europe across the Arctic Ocean."

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/five-chinese-ships-led-by-russian-icebreakers-make-arctic-transit?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:49:04 AM »
Several linguistic clues point to Pence being the author of the op-ed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45435813

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Antarctica / Re: Antarctic images
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:39:45 PM »
The first French expedition to Antarctica, 1903-5.  8)


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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:12:29 AM »
"Over a mere four days this summer, snow from the previous winter melted into a pond of slush on Canada’s Lowell Glacier. Mauri Pelto, a glaciologist at Nichols College, called the area of water-saturated snow a “snow swamp.”

“I haven’t seen a snow swamp of this size develop this quickly ever,” said Pelto, who has spent 38 years monitoring glaciers in the region."


https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92699/snow-swamp-on-lowell-glacier

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2018 melting season
« on: September 03, 2018, 10:32:13 AM »
What is the technical difference between Area and Extent ?
Area is exactly that, the area of the ice. Extent is the area of water which has ice floating in it (with at least 15% concentration).

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:44:16 AM »
A Danish vessel setting sail from Vladivostok this week is set to become the first container ship to tackle the Arctic sea route north of Russia.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45271766

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Starting shortly.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2018 melting season
« on: August 21, 2018, 11:26:46 AM »
"Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record.
Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary."

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

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"NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2), which will fly NASA’s most advanced laser altimeter to measure Earth’s changing ice. The teleconference will stream live on NASA’s website.

ICESat-2 is scheduled to launch Sept. 15 on a mission to provide critical, precision measurements of Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice, which will help scientists better understand how changes at the poles will affect people around the world."

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-host-media-briefing-on-new-ice-monitoring-mission

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: July 23, 2018, 09:13:27 AM »


This phytoplankton bloom is in the Baltic.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:27:03 AM »

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:58:45 PM »

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Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:12:09 AM »
Ellicott City.


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The rest / Re: Good music
« on: April 28, 2018, 11:20:57 AM »
For me, you can't beat a nice big symphony. Listen to the magical opening of Bruckner's 4th.


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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:12:40 AM »

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The forum / Re: Comments/posts can be liked now
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:16:32 AM »
There is nothing next to the 'like' and 'quote'.

Also, the number of likes refers to the poster, not to the post.

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The forum / Re: Comments/posts can be liked now
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:06:14 PM »
When I click on Like, the number of Likes does not change.

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The forum / Re: Comments/posts can be liked now
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:19:33 PM »
This is what I see - no Like button visible.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic Image of the Day
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:52:46 AM »

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