[GWSG] Thermokarst; The Human Hazard; speedy ice sheets; a global green new deal vs. the Reichstag fire

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sun May 31 07:40:59 EDT 2020

1. When Arctic permafrost melts it can form depressions which hold ponds: thermokarst. These have not formerly been included in modeling emissions from the melt, but they can accelerate carbon release. https://phys.org/news/2020-05-permafrost-arctic-faster-presumed.html

2. Gainesville, FL’s public tv station has released The Human Hazard, which assesses climate threats posed by heat, pathogens, and septic waste, as well as the challenge to our personal resources. Thanks to Deirdre Irwin for the link. https://projects.wuft.org/humanhazard/

3. About 12,000 years ago ice sheets in the Antarctic retreated faster than we had considered possible, indicating that they could do so again, with implications for sea level rise in the next few decades. https://phys.org/news/2020-05-antarctic-ice-sheets-capable-retreating.html?utm_source=nwletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-nwletter

4.   With the European Union’s growing interest in a green recovery plan, and the world looking for a way out of the economic traumas inflicted by the novel corona virus, the green new deal could go global. China is waiting to see where the US is headed, and the US is deciding whether Trump’s imitation of fascism is its future. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52848184

The Reichstag fire solidified Hitler’s hold on Germany. Our reaction to the current vandalism could be crucial not just for us but for the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_fire

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