Poles apart

May I please have five minutes (and 31 seconds)* of your time?

With many thanks to Peter Sinclair, I offer two video clips he’s recently presented on his blog Climate Denial Crock of the Week that reveal what’s unfolding on our world.

First, watch as old Arctic ice silently pours through the Fram Strait, like a hunted animal bleeding to death (97,134 views to date):

Now, listen as NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot describes how the speed of the retreat of Antarctican glaciers is faster than any models can predict (a mere 6,292 views to date):

* Plus however long it takes you to read my words and click the links.

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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13 Responses to Poles apart

  1. Hariod Brawn says:

    And another 38 seconds to say ‘great post’, and that I will disseminate. o_O

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    I have already put this on Facebook.

  3. I know this post is going to be grim. Grim in terms of the obvious conclusion. That’s the only reason I’m putting of watching the videos for just a little longer. Still sitting up in bed, surrounded by four sleeping dogs, Jean making the second morning tea, the view from the bedroom window showing a still, fog-shrouded landscape, illustrating what a beautiful planet it is. Then I think of the selfishness of man and the belief that we own this planet ….. and I want to weep!

  4. Scientists often bury their heads too in passing on information.. Not enough are aware of the state of the planet and how we each of us impact upon it.. Thank you for posting

  5. OK, both videos watched. To my mind, the essence of the Eric Rignot interview video is that the world at large is not taking it seriously enough to produce the wide-spread understanding that sitting on our hands, pretending it’s business as usual, is madness. A quick web search found this item, authored by Eric Rignot, on the Guardian newspaper website from last May. The opening paragraphs read:

    “Last Monday, we hosted a Nasa conference on the state of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which, it could be said, provoked something of a reaction. “This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like,” ran a headline in Mother Jones magazine.

    We announced that we had collected enough observations to conclude that the retreat of ice in the Amundsen sea sector of West Antarctica was unstoppable, with major consequences – it will mean that sea levels will rise one metre worldwide. What’s more, its disappearance will likely trigger the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which comes with a sea level rise of between three and five metres. Such an event will displace millions of people worldwide.

    Two centuries – if that is what it takes – may seem like a long time, but there is no red button to stop this process. Reversing the climate system to what it was in the 1970s seems unlikely; we can barely get a grip on emissions that have tripled since the Kyoto protocol, which was designed to hit reduction targets. Slowing down climate warming remains a good idea, however – the Antarctic system will at least take longer to get to this point.

    The Amundsen sea sector is almost as big as France. Six glaciers drain it. The two largest ones are Pine Island glacier (30km wide) and Thwaites glacier (100km wide). They stretch over 500km.”

    The link to the article is here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/17/climate-change-antarctica-glaciers-melting-global-warming-nasa

    We haven’t heard the last of this! 😦

    • pendantry says:

      You’re right, the real problem is how few people get the ‘holy shit moment’. This leads to craziness in which Our Great Leaders, worldwide, are hell-bent on investing in infrastructure to develop ever-more expensive unconventional fossoil — and this locks us into still faster global warming where instead we ought to be going the other way. Here in the UK, for instance, the government is hell-bent on fracking the ground beneath us as well as the air we breathe. It’s insane!

      And you’re right again — this is just the beginning.

  6. I almost hated puting a “like” on this post, given that it’s scary as hell. I also hate to say that perhaps it will take the majority of denialists themselves “dying off” to get the world population–particularly the United States, where some are obsessed with their “freedoms” at all costs–earnestly trying (if we still can) to correct AGW/climate change. Meanwhile, in the U.S., I honestly expect big cities/regions to be underwater in my lifetime (next 20-50 years, that is): Miami, Louisiana, and Hampton Roads, Va., I’m looking at you. And other places in the U.S. will be so drought- afflicted and wildfire-ravaged . . . sigh . . . that even if we looked to global neighbors, they will probably rightfully refuse to aid us given how we effed up our chances to help out so-called poor/third-world places on the front lines of climate change now (including Bangladesh, Kiribati, the Maldives, and several African countries).

    • pendantry says:

      I understand the reluctance to ‘like’ this. I have a draft wibblette that’s been hanging around for ages on the subject of ‘contradictory likes’, and the lunacy that is ‘unfriending’. That draft is one of many I think it unlikely I’ll ever complete; it seems a bit pointless to whitter on about such relative trivia — even though I find many of them symptomatic of the state of decline of homo fatuus brutus.

      Another old draft is the one I have that talks about the weirdness that is asynchronous communication, that very young (in evolutionary terms) technique that enables effective communication even if there are long delays between the messages — and is in fact so very young that we have yet to become accustomed to it, to the point that some will consider a long delay an act of ‘unfriending’. Am I wrong? Maybe I am nowhere near the curve, instead of just ahead of it πŸ˜‰

      • Or it could be that one ‘end’ of the communication is in a black hole, while the other is not! I guess, for me, the medium really helps form part of the message. Contextually, if we’re talking about blogging/blogs, I don’t consider long delays between communiques to be acts of unfriending unless I have other or additional evidence. Rather, I wonder if that person is okay and I realize that the medium (again, an opinion) is itself ephemeral, with bonds forged quicker than IRL, so that’s my thinking. My mind, not being nearly so spongelike as I’d like, will not allow me to remember what in particular I commented on to elicit your comment about Wibbles, because I do read so many blog postings, so I could see that as one ‘problem’ of asynchronous communications in humans, our defined lifespans being so very finite, all things considered. It’s okay to be ahead of the curve while everyone else’s still on the linear, but that’s me. πŸ™‚

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