|Fig. 1 Arctic Sea Ice Trend|
As the deniers take over the U.S.eh? 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|
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.(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.
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.
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