An iceberg lies in the Ross Sea with Mount Erebus in the background near McMurdo Station in Antarctica, November 11, 2016. A sheet of meltwater lasted for as long as 15 days in some places on the surface of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest floating ice platform on Earth, during the Antarctic summer of 2016. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)
Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm...
(Guest Editorial from WEBS NEWS: The contrast and relatedness between these two stories has preoccupied me for days, so I finally decided to pass my interest on to all of you. First(below) is a link to a Washington Post piece on melting and rain, and worse, in Antarctica. Scary stuff.
Following this, is a short CommonDreams.org
story on banks funding fossil fuel corporations’ mad drive to go after “Extreme Fossil Fuels”, as in the Arctic, etc. Read together, these stories pool many other ideas about our descent toward runaway global warming together in nature, and in finance. This is disturbingly interesting, at least to me. Enjoy? -Michael Dietrick)
Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas
"“The story of melt all over the ice shelf rattled through the science community as it happened,” said Robin Bell, an Antarctic researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute at Columbia University who was not involved in the study. “Who had heard of rain in Antarctica — it is a desert!”
And then, the financial underpinnings of why places like Antarctica are melting, while Phoenix AZ burns and airliners can’t line the air.
Biggest Banks Fueling Climate Disaster With Billions Poured Into 'Extreme Fossil Fuels'
"Our planet just can't take it."
"Threatening a climate-stable planet, the world's biggest banks are continuing business-as-usual by continuing to provide funding for 'extreme fossil fuels'.
"So finds the latest Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card—produced by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Sierra Club, and Oil Change International—which defines the “extreme” sources as tar sands, Arctic oil, ultra-deepwater oil, coal mining, coal power, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.”
“Climate Change is not just another issue in this complicated world of proliferating issues. It is the issue that, unchecked, will swamp all other issues.” (Ross Gelbspan—The Heat Is On)
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