Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Polar Sea Ice Trend At Both Poles - 2

Fig. 1 Arctic Sea Ice Trend
This series takes a look at the "ins and outs" of that part of the cryosphere which floats on the oceans at the "top" and "bottom" of the planet.

As the deniers take over the government, heat sufficient to melt sea ice is taking over the Arctic and Antarctic areas of the cryosphere.

Fig. 2 Antarctic Sea Ice Trend

The trend for this year, so far, is to make 2017 a record year, taking that record away from 2012 (Polar Sea Ice Trend At Both Poles).

I am going to keep this series focused on that trend.

My two graphs of the data (where that data comes from is revealed in this link) show a clear and present trend to set that record.

What this means to our current civilization is somewhat like what "the canary in the coal mine" means to coal miners "way back when."

Fig. 3 Another View
But not entirely like it was way back when, because when they were warned by the demise of the delightful bird, they heeded the warning forthwith.

Nowadays every such warning, to the power-deniers that be (TPTB), are described as "nothing to see here folks, move along now."

TPTB tell us that our capabilities transcend the primitive energies of the Earth, because our genetic evolution has prevailed (On The Origin of Genieology). 

And that, even though billions of "canaries" have bitten and still are biting the dust:
This latest edition of the Living Planet Report is not for the faint-hearted.
Big Al
One key point that jumps out and captures the overall picture is that the Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has declined by 52 per cent since 1970. Put another way, in less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half. These are the living forms that constitute the fabric of the ecosystems which sustain life on Earth – and the barometer of what we are doing to our own planet, our only home. We ignore their decline at our peril.
(Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch - 4). Evidently, some of us have evolved beyond the rest of us, and have now entered the "What Me Worry" zone.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.


  1. We are getting it from both poles now. The deniers will need to make something up ... double-speak stuff.

  2. Thanks Dredd!
    Between the Arc/Ant sea ice extent graphs and vertebrate popl reduction, it's clear we are ignoring the 'wrong way- go back' signs and accelerating. It's also true that kinetic energy ( the eventual head-on collision) is a function of the square of velocity. This is one of nature's law too. Ke = 1/2 m*v2

    Add this to the fast growing list of 'counterintuitive' ways nature can operate... Likely a positive feedback system for melting ice.

    "The team found that the Earth's rotation influences the way meltwater behaves - keeping it at depths of several hundred metres."

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