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Friday, July 7, 2017

Delaware-Size Iceberg Is About to Break Off of Antarctica

"Antarctica's Larsen C ice sheet is flowing fast. In fact, it is speeding up, indicating that a massive iceberg could break off, or calve, anytime now..."

"When the inevitable ice calving comes, the sheet will birth an iceberg approximately the size of Delaware, and will remove between 9 and 12 percent of Larsen C's total area. This could speed the dissolution of the shelf and remove some of the barrier that dams the land-based ice behind the floating ice shelf from the sea...."

"The Larsen ice shelf, which is along the northeast coast of the Antarctic peninsula abutting the Weddell Sea, has already lost 75 percent of its mass since 1995 when...about 580 square miles of the Larsen A portion of the sheet broke away. In 2002, 1,255 square miles of the Larsen B ice sheet calved off."

"Now, researchers have observed that the seaward side of the rift has tripled in speed and is now flowing 33 feet per day..."

"The iceberg remains attached to the ice shelf, but its outer end is moving at the highest speed ever recorded on this ice shelf.... after the calving event, Larsen C likely will be less stable and more prone to a total collapse."

https://www.livescience.com/59653-huge-iceberg-about-to-break-off-antarctica.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170707-ls

https://www.livescience.com/59653-huge-iceberg-about-to-break-off-antarctica.html


Antarctica Is Melting: Giant Ice Cracks Are Prelude
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/antarctica-sea-level-rise-climate-change/

Global Warming: Fear Is The Mind Killer

The world can be a scary place, especially when your mind is full of doubts about where dangers await. This amplifies the fear factor, and fear is the mind killer that creates short sightedness which, in turn, increases the risks.  Risks that could have been mitigated or avoided altogether.

By the time I was ten years old, I was well aware of the possibility of total global nuclear annihilation. I had even helped dig our family's bomb shelter. Then at age thirteen, the world experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis. And, in school, we were taught to hide under our desks when the air raid sirens went off.

Today's kids still face the likelihood of nuclear war, even though it's not as likely to be worldwide. However, they additionally face the prospect of the future worldwide tragedy of global warming. Though much more difficult to understand and deal with, it causes great angst -- even among those adults who proport to not believe that CO2 is a greenhouse gas.

A sense of hopelessness and despair is not what we want to instill in our children or subjugate ourselves to. Though learning about the effects of global warming is necessary, it should be balanced with ways to take action  on the personal level. Even if you were the only one you know to do so, it would help dispel the darkness and negativity that irresponsibility brings to your soul.

"Fear is the mind killer."

"I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once."

"I must not fear. 
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me. 
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. 
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. 
Only I will remain."

http://samslair.blogspot.com/2017/07/15-of-greenest-countries-in-world.html?m=1

15 Of The Greenest Countries In The World

USA is one of them:
"Although the current administration is keen on fossil fuels, administrations are temporary and insignificant in the face of the insuperable economic tides of the richest and most powerful national in the world. Solar and wind energies continue to get cheaper, and coal has been in notable decline for two decades. Texas is leading the way in wind energy – if the state was its own country, it would be the fourth-largest wind-energy producing nation on Earth. On the solar frontier, in 2014, a solar-panel installation was completed on an American rooftop every two and a half minutes."

https://www.inverse.com/article/32099-greenest-countries-in-the-world