Thursday, September 24, 2015

"In the North Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland and Iceland, the ocean surface has seen very cold temperatures for the past eight months."

"...the cooling seen no fluke but, rather, part of a process that has been long feared by climate researchers — the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation.

...the gigantic ocean current known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC, is weakening. It’s sometimes confused with the “Gulf Stream,” but, in fact, that’s just a southern branch of it.

The current is driven by differences in the temperature and salinity of ocean water ...In essence, cold salty water in the North Atlantic sinks because it is more dense, and warmer water from farther south moves northward to take its place, carrying tremendous heat energy along the way. But a large injection of cold, fresh water can, theoretically, mess it all up — preventing the sinking that would otherwise occur and, thus, weakening the circulation.

...this source of freshwater is the melting of Greenland, which is now losing more than a hundred billion tons of ice each year.

...The accelerated melting of the Greenland ice sheet will continue to contribute to this decline by diluting the ocean waters.

...“The North Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland is practically the only region of the world that has defied global warming and even cooled.” Since then, the trend appears to have only continued.

...if the trend continues, there could be many consequences, including rising seas for the U.S. East Coast and, possibly, a difference in temperature overall in the North Atlantic and Europe..."
Can some believe what isn't or refuse to believe what is?

Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.

Elie Wiesel

With the merits of the debate for or against climate change set aside,  is it plausible that some who believe Earth isn’t warming are subconsciously in denial that their actions may have contributed to the potential extinction of our species, while some who think the world is warming feel culpable and want to rescue their offspring or legacies, as most are apathetic either way?

What if what you think isn’t?

A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed
because, looked at through the myth
all evidence supports that myth

Edward de Bono

Can expectation effect perception?

Does thinking you understand what another says
mean you hear what they mean?

Is an untruth disseminated as true a lie
if the truth remains un-found through in-curiosity?

Hurt not the earth, neither the sea nor the trees

Revelation 7:3

If we’re relatively stuck on Earth for the moment
should we try to make what is last as long as possible?

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that none of it has tried to contact us

Bill Watterson