Silver leaf langurs hugging their kiddo
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah
Smithsonian has an article called, "Meet the Insane Surfers Who Travel to the Arctic Ocean to Catch a Wave," that can be read here. The article includes a 7-minute video.
From the photographer:
"Anybody who enters these waters will tell you that it’s a crazy sensation. Water touching your exposed skin can literally burn like fire. Your fingers and face swell up and you can feel your body shutting down. As you duck under waves you get the worst ice cream headache you’ve ever had. The conditions are certainly adverse."
Article in Mother Jones about the permafrost (melting, fires) under the caption, "More Wildfires = More Warming = More Wildfires" can be read here.
This is the second time I’ve posted something from the Siberian Times. That is way-in-foul-territory weird!
There’s an article in Mother Jones (which I’ll post separately) telling us that permafrost fires, such as in Siberia and parts of Canada and Alaska, can be doubly frightening:
Scientists have known for some time about the risk of large-scale carbon emissions from thawing permafrost. But in recent years, they’ve become increasingly attuned to an additional—and very worrisome—aspect of this threat. As climate change proceeds, larger and more intense wildfires are increasingly scorching and charring the forests of the north. While these fires have always been a natural and recurring aspect of forest ecosystems, they now appear to be undergoing a major amplification. And that, in turn, may further increase the threat of permafrost thawing and carbon releases—releases that would, in turn, greatly amplify global warming itself (and potentially spur still more fire activity).
"You have this climate and fire interaction, and all of a sudden permafrost can thaw really rapidly," explains Jon O’Donnell, an ecologist with the National Parks Service’s Arctic Network. Scientists call it a "positive feedback," and it’s one of the scariest aspects of global warming because, in essence, it means a bad situation is making itself worse.
This info graphic was produced by the Blue Business Council. Article about the Council and the ad can be read in EcoWatch here.
League of Conservation Voters ad pointing the wicked finger at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s drive to kill the proposed EPA carbon emissions rule.