The Altered Arctic Food Chain

Food chains are complicated. That simple idea of a direct line from primary producer, to primary consumer, to top of the food chain is just that, overly simplified.

And given the complexity of these interactions (who eats who) it’s hard to predict what happens when the menu suddenly changes.

Which is what is happening right now in the Arctic, due to the effects of climate change.

Read about it over at the NYTimes!

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Watch Old Sea Ice Vanish

Speaking of #ThanksNASA, using a really cool infographic, we can now see how sea ice since 1984 has been disappearing! Like a really sad kind of magic!

Ok I’m trying to be upbeat here, but really what we need to see and understand if that climate change is continuing to drastically affect the Arctic.

And understanding this is the first step in trying to stop the procession toward no ice.

Read about it here! 

 

#ThanksNASA

The incoming presidential administration has talked about axing funding for NASA earth science research.

This would result in a loss of 40% of funding dedicated to understanding our planet.

Why? It’s been suggested it has to do with NASA’s focus on what was called “politically correct environmental monitoring“.

In response, scientists have taken to twitter, with the hashtag #ThanksNASA to highlight the good work done at NASA

Read about it here! 

 

For Some, Scientist Aren’t the Authority on Science

A new study coming out in the journal Public Understandings of Science finds that many people believe that university and industry scientists are the authority to trust about sciency things (risks and benefits of technology and its applications).

However, among evangelicals, the pattern is very different. Rather they see religious organizations as the authority on science.

Which could play into the “fact free” society we are living in.

I don’t know how to change this conundrum. I don’t know how to make it clear that facts are facts. I’m open to suggestions.

Read about it here!

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More expensive plastic bags = fewer plastic bags!

The number of plastic bags found on UK beaches has fallen by nearly half over the last year.

And it was all due to the massive cost of plastic bags now imposed on the British public! Just kidding, it’s only a 5p levy.

Read about it over at the guardian, and start implementing a levy on all plastic bags!

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The Arctic waters are refusing to freeze

Like a petulant teenager, the Arctic and Antarctic ice is refusing to freeze. After record high temperatures this summer, and bolstered by persistent warm weather from the South, the sea ice that melted this summer is not refreezing.

This has all sorts of implications for weather patterns and low lying areas, all of which you can read about over at the Guardian!

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) close-up, Svalbard, Norway.