Happy Holidays: Oil To The World & All That

The U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its updated Arctic Report card earlier this week. Like many other recent reports about the condition of the north, the canary in climate change coal mine, the news is sobering; new records have been set for snow extent, sea ice extent and ice sheet surface melting. The report summarizes the findings in this unemotional and scientific way:

Multiple observations provide strong evidence of widespread, sustained change driving Arctic environmental system into new state.



Meanwhile in the rest of the world, the insanity continues. Luckily there are people like Marcy Shaffer over at Versus to parody our disconnect from reality, and help us laugh rather than run to the hills screaming (although I’m still keeping that option open for myself). In keeping with the season, here’s Oil To The World, which came to my attention via FireDogLake.com.



The lyrics are available on versusplus.com.

For the full NOAA Arctic report card, click here.

Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing A Business Model That Is Destroying the Planet?

from the good folks over at 350.org


In case you missed the news of the huge Greenland melt this week, you can read Climate Progress’s post on it, ABC News On Greenland Ice Melt: Scientists Say They’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before. Here’s some pictures that give an idea of the immensity of what’s happening up there, because of our carbon emissions down here:

*Thanks to Sharon for sharing this with me *

Over at Watching The Deniers, Mike’s headline read Greenland Melt Question: “On A Scale of Zero To Ten, How Serious Is This Melt Issue?”Answer: Eleven.

I’m reposting the video Mike included in that article. Keep in mind this is from January of this year, before the latest unprecedented melt:



More links:

Carbon: The Biggest Overlooked Fossil Fuel Subsidy

Climate Action Network: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies