Posts Tagged ‘BBC Arctic Melt Time Lapse’

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks changes in the environment and has released the Arctic Report Card: Update for 2012. Based on multiple observations, the report finds “strong evidence of widespread, sustained change driving Arctic environmental system into new state,” and highlights the following:

“Record low snow extent and low sea ice extent occurred in June and September, respectively.”

“Growing season length is increasing along with tundra greenness and above-ground biomass. Below the tundra, record high permafrost temperatures occurred in northernmost Alaska. Duration of melting was the longest observed yet on the Greenland ice sheet, and a rare, nearly ice sheet-wide melt event occurred in July.”

“Massive phytoplankton blooms below summer sea ice suggest previous estimates of ocean primary productivity might be ten times too low. Arctic fox is close to extinction in Fennoscandia and vulnerable to further changes in the lemming cycle and the encroaching Red fox.”

“Severe weather events included extreme cold and snowfall in Eurasia, and two major storms with deep central pressure and strong winds offshore of western and northern Alaska.”

This year also marks the first time that there has been less than 4 million square kilometers (1.54 million square miles) of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. Visualization here.

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Sir David Attenborough narrates this BBC time lapse clip on YouTube. If you do not have the BBC Planet Earth series, and you are concerned with all things related to nature and our planet, I recommend that you get it if you can. The quality and flow are better than with YouTube.

Watching the polar bears as they struggle with a disappearing habitat was heartbreaking for me. (In order to see that, you will need to watch the next one-minute clip in the series, called Polar Bears on Thin Ice)

If you are not in a nature mood today, but you enjoy creativity, take a look at this 4 minute short film, called Table 7. A couple in a restaurant is unaware that they are being monitored and recorded. But why are they being recorded? What will happen to them?

This is also posted at Firedoglake.com in the MyFDL diary section, under the title Saturday Art.