Monday, April 23, 2018

Ents & The Entities Become Nomadic - 3

Future "farming" vehicles?
This post extends some of the concepts illustrated in prior posts in a Ecocosmology Blog series (Ents & The Entities Become Nomadic, 2).

People have noticed that the weather in their area now has some strange characteristics when compared to the past weather conditions.

Once-abundant Cod fish in once-flourishing fishing grounds in the Atlantic off the northeast coast of the United States have evidently migrated somewhere.

Those Cod are being replaced (by jelly fish and other jelly-fish-resembling sea creatures) in the waters that were once filled with Cod:
The waters of Maine have been warming for decades, warming out a warning, that no-one in fishy officialdom heeded, except to acknowledge that losing the once-vast cod fishery was a 'nuisance':
"The Atlantic cod, a fish that came to symbolize bounty to America’s colonial settlers, is on the brink of disappearing, despite years of fishing limits aimed at rebuilding stocks. A new study reveals why: Cod spawning and survival has been hampered by rapid, extraordinary ocean warming in the Gulf of Maine, where sea surface temperatures rose faster than anywhere else on the planet between 2003 and 2014.

Over this same 10-year period, fishery managers set quotas that they felt were informed by high-quality science, and the stock just kept going down, down, down,” says study leader Andrew Pershing, the chief scientist for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. When his team looked closely at factors behind the trends, he says, “We found the fingerprints of temperature throughout the data.”

The scientists used satellite data to track the daily sea surface temperature trend in the Gulf of Maine. From 1982 until 2004, they found, temperatures rose by 0.03°C per year, or three times the global mean rate. That warming accelerated sevenfold beginning in 2004, peaking in 2012 with a large “ocean heat wave” that persisted for 18 months, according to the study."
(Science, emphasis added). "Gosh, you expect us managers to know that heated water causes species migration or extinction?"
(A Paper From Hansen et al. Is Now Open For Discussion - 3). Flora and fauna of all types are migrating because the climate is changing.

In today's post the entity that is becoming nomadic is "the 100th meridian boundary of dry conditions" in the USA:
  • The '100th meridian west' is an invisible line of longitude that roughly bisects the United States' in half, separating the humid eastern states from the arid western states.
  • Since the 1980s, this climate boundary has been shifting further from the geographical line of longitude, as dry conditions creep into states that have historically been on the more fertile eastern side.
  • While the shift hasn't significantly impacted farming in central US yet, scientists believe it will only be a matter of time before flourishing plains become deserts.
(An invisible boundary has started to shift, Business Insider, emphasis added). The invasion of the land, air, and sea by a rogue climate change dynamic is invisible only to those who are blind because they refuse to see (Greenland & Antarctica Invade The United States, 2, 3, 4; Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization, 2, 3, 4, 5; The 1% May Face The Wrath of Sea Level Rise First; Why The Military Can't Defend Against The Invasion).

The previous post in this series is here.


  1. Netflix had a good documentary on the cod fishing problem. But I do not recall seeing any mention of warming waters. Which just means that they're still far behind the learning curve.

    All natural 'resources' are in peril, but this is a taboo topic, especially in the Dumpf era. The forests here are suffering from drought, wind damage, bark beetle, extreme snowfalls, and early springs - all contradictions, but all a part of the weather whiplash / climate degradation effects.

    Life is getting harder, especially for non-humans. We humans will continue to plunder and exploit like we always have and always will. Until there is nothing left. You can take that to the bank - until the banks fail.

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  3. This gives new meaning to "it could happen" ...


  4. 'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention (Guardian)