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Consequences / Direct consequences to total arctic sea ice loss?
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:23:56 AM »
Maybe someone posted something like that before, but I wondered if there are any studies or scenarios, how weather or climate zones would be influenced and changed, if the arctic is really ice-free in summer (or later totally ice-free all over the year), what would that mean for the rest of the world?

Walking the walk / Flying
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:56:00 PM »
I will fly at least twice this year, once for a job, once for holidays... of course I have a bad conscience about it (especially the "flight for fun").

I will compensate the CO2 - but I know it's just for my conscience - how do you cope with flying, although you are aware you are doing one of the worst things that you could do to the arctic ice on a personal level?
I tell myself that it really won't matter if I am flying or not, because as long as flights are this cheap, someone else will fly instead of me. Maybe that's just a foolish lie to myself,
I am the first to vote or sign for ten times more expensive flight tickets - but am unconvinced that a personal "abstinence" would change the world.
In other areas it's easier for me - I don't drive, I am pretty much eating local, seasonal and I am a vegetarian, but I don't think that one of those things is really making a difference, as long as our industries aren't under a "clean" controll and at least since I'm eating local, no food has to be flown in for me.

What do you think? Silly excuse or just normal way of living? (I guess we all make compromises) It all ends with the question, if a change on an individual level can compensate our wrong economy and politics?

Antarctica / Cryosphere Today Antarctic Sea Ice Area
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:35:13 PM »
A week ago, the Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly was way above normal, today it's "just" 0.571 (million sq. km) above the anomaly from 1979-2008.

If I didn't miscalculate Global Sea Ice Area would be 20,077 (million sq. km) on day 175, similar to 2010, but above 2007, 2011 and 2012

Temperatures are still way above normal

Science / Study: Global warming is slowing down...
« on: May 21, 2013, 10:06:16 AM »

Denialists are cheering - in german Newspapers everyone is talking about this new study, that suggests, that worst case scenarios for this century are off the table, due to the rate of global mean warming has been lower over the past decade than previously.

What do you think?

Arctic sea ice / EOSDIS NASA Worldview Pics
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:03:37 PM »
Some interesting pics:
First, 10 days-difference of this year (April 10th vs April 20th) of Norway, Sweden, Finland (albedo)
Second, Baffin Bay this year on April 11th (not newest but best visibility) vs. May 8th last year.

What do you think?

Consequences / Best case scenarios - Be optimistic!
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:20:49 PM »
I think we need more optimism  :) (at least me!)

My best case scenario would be:
Ice-free arctic in summer in less than 5 years - consequences would be severe weather changes that have a huge impact on our everyday lives - no one will be able to deny climate change any more.
As a reaction, politics change to a very strict climate and environmental-friendly policy.
Maybe geo-engineering will be needed to safe the arctic, but anyway mankind will be able to stop global warming and rise to a glorious future where we respect earth and all living creatures and survive all possible threats yet to come  ;)

Consequences / Personal Consequences - Worst Case
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:10:04 PM »
Is anybody else thinking about personal consequences for you and your family, when our worst climate nightmares come true?

War for resources... droughts... famines... flooding...chaos

I want to have some kind of plan or something to be more prepared - at least we are the one's who see it coming, so we should be favored to survice the imminent threats.

But where would you go? I'm always wondering about what the best place on earth to survice a +5°C degrees Climate Change would be. Probably New Zealand or somewhere in South America.
I think the eurasian and north american continents are doomed - too crowded, too massive climate changing consequences...

What do you think? Is it crazy or foolish to even think about that?

Policy and solutions / How to deal with denialists?
« on: March 25, 2013, 04:56:02 PM »

Due to the negative NAO winter returned in large parts of Europa & Russia and denialists are spreading some old arcticles about predictions (from around 2000) that said that "there won't be any severe winters any more, snowfalls are a thing of the past"...

In newspaper forums everyone is listening to them and nobody sees the whole picture (Narsarsuaq, Greenland, 9° Celsius)... kind of frustrating!

Arctic sea ice / "Smart" and "Stupid" Questions - Feel Free To Ask
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:05:12 PM »
I think a topic like this is necessary, so amateurs like me won't spam other topics or slow down the great work experts here are doing. 

So every "stupid" :o question should be asked here:

I'm starting:

When does melt season normally kick in?
Tomorrow is  March Equinox   
- is this the official beginning of melt season 2013?

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