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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

Very little is known about rainfall in Antarctica; precipitation falls as snow on the bitter cold ice-covered continent. But during the austral summer of 2013-2014, an Adélie penguin colony near Dumont d’Urville station on coastal Adélie Land experienced “unusual and dramatic rainfall event that occurred on January 1, 2014, and that was...

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  • April 22, 2021

He’s not the only one, of course. For instance, I’m convinced Matt Gaetz has the largest head-to-brain-size ratio in the animal kingdom and that Louie Gohmert is the lamentable result of a failed attempt to breed a white supremacist lemur with a bowl of beets. Then there’s Lauren Boebert and Marjorie...

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  • March 21, 2021

Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) had some harsh words yesterday: x “We are nearing a failed state in Texas. And it has nothing to do with God, or natural disasters. It has everything to do with the leadership and those in the positions of public trust who have failed us,” says...

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  • February 17, 2021

We will remember 2020 as the good old days as the climate continues to overheat due to our failure to rein in heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. Heck, this year might even be the coolest we will experience for an unknowable number of Millenium. We have entered perilous times, and physics will...

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  • December 3, 2020

In 2019 John Kerry was awarded and accepted the Arctic Circle Prize in a speech to an assembly of climate scientists and other Arctic stakeholders in Reykjavik, Iceland. In his dramatic speech, Kerry, who has been nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden, to be the first ‘Climate Tsar’ in a cabinet-level position,  declared a world...

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  • November 24, 2020

“It’s gotten so out of whack that we are now looking at survival for our children, not survival of our grandchildren.”, Peter Carter, M.D., – reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. Dozens of scientists from Sweden, Russia, China, and seven other countries studied methane emissions...

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  • November 23, 2020

“It’s gotten so out of whack that we are now looking at survival for our children, not survival of our grandchildren.”, Peter Carter, M.D., – reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. Dozens of scientists from Sweden, Russia, China, and seven other countries studied methane emissions...

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  • November 23, 2020

I’m originally from Wisconsin, and I always wondered why the UP wasn’t part of our state. I mean, look at it. It’s connected and everything. And I’ve been there. To the UP, that is. Culturally, it’s Wisconsin, as evidenced by the sheer number of deer carcasses on the roofs of...

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  • November 20, 2020

If we lose the Arctic, we lose the whole world. President Niinistö  of Finland There is a record open ocean in the Arctic as a delayed freeze in sea ice formation due to record-shattering heat in the Laptev Sea. Siberia has been freakishly hot recently, resulting in the loss of bone-chilling winds...

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  • October 23, 2020

Bad bad news for you and me. Be kind to each other. Satellite imagery from the European Space Agencies Copernicus has revealed that the front of Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier in NE Greenland has disintegrated. Greenland has experienced a rapid temperature rise in the atmosphere by 5.5 Fahrenheit since 1980. Mind-blowing melting has...

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  • September 14, 2020

“Oh yes Sapiens, you hungry little monkey, it's all about you” comment via Greenland Ice Sheet — Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn New research has found that 50-70% of Antarctica's glacier marine extensions are at risk of hydrofracture due to enormous meltwater lakes on the...

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  • September 3, 2020

Putting another one up in case folks want to comment as we watch history together, I will include liveblog comments below as we proceed. #KHive who’s ready for a speech tonight? #DemConvention2020 pic.twitter.com/DFKJrQy9Ag — Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) August 19, 2020 PBO excerpt The DNC's 3 core messages have been: 1)...

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  • August 20, 2020

Trump never met Miles Taylor, of course. Or maybe he met him once when he was delivering coffee. Or maybe he doesn’t exist. He’s an actor hired by the Fake News Media! Regardless, Taylor has been tearing Trump a variety of new assholes — of all shapes and sizes —...

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  • August 19, 2020

Devastating and scary news from the Arctic as Greenland has reached the tipping point.  The melting of our northern freezer which allows our civilization to flourish has reached the point of no return, even if we cut our emissions to zero. The tipping point is where snowfall “that replenishes the ice...

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  • August 14, 2020

Canada’s last fully intact ice caps have disappeared NASA satellites confirmed.  The two ice caps are in the Northeast of Ellesmere Island, near Greenland. The ice caps formed during the Little Ice Age, they have succumbed to the intense heat waves blanketing the Arctic over the past several years. From the...

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  • August 7, 2020

Sapiens has trouble with timescales of planetary forces. Greenland Ice Sheet Fossil fuels and agriculture have driven methane emissions to record highs across the globe claim two new studies. Methane is a colorless gas and comes from natural and human-made sources. The gas is a danger to humans because it...

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  • July 15, 2020

Few of you will recall my stories mocking the possibility of a Trump win in 2016, ostensibly because it was plausible to assume that HRC would win. This time more caution is necessary, since the same Trump deceit is happening like promising to support something DACA-like in a future executive...

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  • July 11, 2020

Most of us have been experiencing warm to hot temperatures. It doesn’t appear that the misery will go away any time soon. There is a lot of news lately on our warming planet. I shared a few articles on the subject, but they barely scratch the surface of what is...

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  • July 10, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

We are in some strange space where to Ted Cruz, those people taking down monuments to genocidal explorers are like fundamentalist religious fanatics practicing iconoclasm.  Ted doesn’t understand iconoclasm nor has he read kos’s book, but he went there on Twitter. x No, sweetie. THIS is the American Taliban. pic.twitter.com/VnoqlwiK5L— Adam Sank...

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  • June 11, 2020

I am sharing some of the stories from the Arctic that have not received the media attention that they deserve. We can expect increasing wildfires, a busy and dangerous Atlantic storm season, and rising marine and land temperatures as a result of the incredible speed of the climate crisis. As we...

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  • June 11, 2020

(Holding up a Bible in 2015) I meant to buy Greenland. I meant to propose nuking hurricanes. I meant to set myself up for ridicule and contempt by posing awkwardly with a Bible. The pandering will get worse, however poorly crafted by IMPOTUS*. Trump actually has held up the Bible...

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  • June 11, 2020

There is no vaccine or hydroxychloroquine dosage that can stop an exceptional heating event happening in the Arctic. In Siberia, an intensifying heatwave threatens a disastrous melt season across the Arctic, once again. Summer is coming.  We should brace ourselves for an ominous and dangerous summer of wildfire and powerful storms as...

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  • May 19, 2020

We have our hands full of worldwide contagion due to the incompetence of Donald Trump, Remember the same denial and sabotage of scientific facts that have led us to disaster with COVID is in overdrive at the White House when it come to dangers from climate change. What happens in...

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  • April 17, 2020

“I find it hard to exaggerate the peril, this is the new extinction and we are half way through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get.” Sir David Attenborough Antarctic and Arctic ice...

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  • March 16, 2020

The most menacing glacier for coastal regions worldwide is the Thwaites glacier, aka the doomsday glacier, located in the active climate tipping point region of West Antarctica. Recently a new study found that Thwaites glacier’s marine extension’s underbelly is melting on all sides by warming ocean water. Researchers found that...

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  • February 24, 2020

Faster than previously expected. Those four words are horrifying when it comes to describing the changes to our climate. We have been reading about these phenomena frequently lately and, they haunt with such dire consequences as increasing permafrost thaw, marine heatwaves, climate migration, increasing pressure on our food systems, to...

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  • February 7, 2020

Leading scientists have warned that nine of the tipping points identified over a decade ago are now active. One of those tipping points is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). Thwaites glacier, also known as the doomsday glacier, has been alarming scientists about a looming collapse that could raise sea...

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  • February 6, 2020

The annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union was held on December 9 in San Francisco. There should be a lot of updated information on climate change released to the public in the coming weeks. Two items discussed was permafrost and glaciers, including those from Greenland and Antarctica. The other...

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  • December 30, 2019

And what seems clear now is that Greenland is no longer changing in geological time. It is changing in human time. Jon Gertner, Yale Environment 360                                                ...

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  • December 12, 2019

The Arctic is unraveling before our eyes. As our understanding of the changes continues, scientists have been fine-tuning models to give us a sense of how quickly we can expect tipping points to arrive. One of the most terrifying is the permafrost feedback. A new study finds that the feedback...

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  • October 23, 2019

“We have never observed an ice sheet behaving this way before. It’s unprecedented in human scientific history.” – Kristin Poinar, Glaciologist, University of Buffalo Greenland is, for the most part, a very moist environment (with the exception of northern Greenland which until recently had been a dry environment). The ice...

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  • October 8, 2019

I keep vigil.  Lots of activity on the world's largest reserve of fresh water.  x Following the startling narrative of the IPCC report on the Oceans and Cryosphere, our open access paper came out yesterday in Nature Scientific Reports documenting >65,000 lakes on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice...

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  • October 1, 2019

The Gulf Stream, if viewed from above, is a deep dark blue stream of ocean off the Atlantic coast of Florida. It has a clockwise system of currents which transports warm water from the tropics, up the US east coast according to Wiki. It crosses the Atlantic to northwestern Europe...

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  • September 9, 2019

That is a direct quote from a Republican strategist as reported two hours ago by Business Insider: “He's deteriorating in plain sight,” one Republican strategist who's in frequent contact with the White House told Insider on Friday. Some of the new concern is related to Trump’s continuing insistence on saying...

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  • September 6, 2019

On his Thursday show, Neil Cavuto responded to Donald Trump’s recent remarks about the relative dearth of bootlicking happening at Fox News these days. Yesterday, Trump tweeted this: x Just watched @FoxNews heavily promoting the Democrats through their DNC Communications Director, spewing out whatever she wanted with zero pushback by...

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  • August 30, 2019

It doesn’t take a psychiatrist to figure out that the president’s behavior is that of a madman. Whether it’s an act or intentional is immaterial: The damage that Donald Trump has caused both nationally and internationally over the last two-plus years will take many more years to rectify. Early on in the...

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  • August 25, 2019

In a presidency marked by incoherent pronouncements and bizarre visions of grandeur, Donald Trump seemed to reach new, troubling heights last week.   He referred to himself as “the chosen one.” He quoted a rabid conspiracy theorist radio host who declared that Israeli Jews love Trump as if he were the “King...

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  • August 25, 2019

I am sure my next few words may come as a surprise to many of you, but the President has a few good ideas; Correcting the imbalance with our foreign trade partners, specifically the Chinese, has bipartisan agreement. Extracting troops from 18 years of war in the Middle East would...

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  • August 23, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. 1539. Forced workers to attend one of his speeches 1540. Threatened...

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  • August 23, 2019

According to the Danish newspaper Politiken, the Premier of Greenland (Kim Kielsen) is considering buying the US back. In a (clearly snarky) statement, Kielsen pointed out that Leifr “The Lucky” Eiríksson was the first European to settle America, and as a consequence Greenland has a prior claim on the country. “So it’s...

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  • August 21, 2019

I am not sure if people realize the significance of the dramatic and probable, irreversible loss of Greenland's ice by warming oceans and atmospheric changes. Most of the time I feel a good majority simply don’t give a rat’s ass. Here is a tip for you, if you even bothered...

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  • August 16, 2019

And all those facing outward, towards the planetary, the geologic, the unknown, raised a great cry, a witnessing of the very tide that had been predicted. Homo Colossus did not stir from its dream of currency.  The Greenland Ice Sheet. All of the sea ice has melted around the Alaskan...

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  • August 14, 2019

More gobsmacking imagery out of Greenland.  x Greenland is melting – even in the highest north! Here water is running off the top of the ice sheet at our field site on Inglefield Land. The ice cliff is c. 40 m tall. pic.twitter.com/WFMbNLMeW7— Anders Anker Bjørk (@aabjoerk) August 7, 2019...

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  • August 7, 2019

“Because the Arctic’s role in regulating the global climate is a critical link in the chain of climate protection it should be the focus of an all-out effort to keep it strong and safe,” Durwood Zaelke, preident of the Institute of Governance and Sustaninable Development. Scripps issues a  code-red warning...

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  • August 6, 2019

More images and videos out of Greenland. A lot of damage has been done to the ice and snow. x Into the Ice @LarsOstenfeld @lundbeckfonden https://t.co/rOLfmiunnG— Caspar Haarløv (@haarloev) August 3, 2019 x Remember: 1. The Arctic is burning.2. Greenland is melting.3. The Amazon is being destroyed.4. Marine food chains...

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  • August 4, 2019

New visuals on the melt situation in Greenland. x Greenland record melt going down. @climate_ice @alunhubbard @LarsOstenfeld @climateice @lundbeckfonden August 1, 2019. West Greenland by Kangerlussaq. pic.twitter.com/VDfGfrZqkk— Caspar Haarløv (@haarloev) August 2, 2019 x Rapid snowmelt over the last 15 days on the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Imagery...

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  • August 3, 2019
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