If you are shaming or talking down to anyone, anonymously or not, on the Internet or to their face, for a them choosing to cast a third-party vote…you fucking suck and you are everything that is wrong with the polarizing political climate that we are stuck with in this foul year of 2016. It is not a game of either-or. There are not only two choices. The beliefs of some individuals are not accurately represented by the two major party candidates and to just pit two politicians together like pit bulls is not how a democracy survives. “If all of the third-party voters had cast their votes for Clinton instead, blue would have won Florida!” you post on your blog, ulcer forming in your upper digestive tract. Well, if all of the people who voted red had voted for Clinton, she would have won Florida as well–but they believed in the red platform more than the blue one. Similarly, third-party voters believe in their candidates more than Clinton and to tell them that they shouldn’t vote with their conscious is the most shit thing that you can do as a democratic voter. You should be really embarrassed to post anything like that and please hand the reins of your high horse to someone who can actually keep their heels down.
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the melting of all the evidence of climate change their macroscopic bodies long neglected activities around glaciers with a mega-budget polar bears described by news/criticism and I’m thinking of a word, two letters, I and the others who live in full facility
I’m so scared. A couple of days ago there was snow , like a lot , and ice and stuff. Now its not - it looks like the beginning of September and I hate it. I rather have snow than no snow. its like 34°!! It shouldn’t be like this !!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a report entitled, “Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan.” If you want to read it (including its maps, description of the various groups of polar bears circumventing the Arctic, cool photos, and, of course, the plan), here’s the link. But, I can’t get overly excited about a plan that fails to list the polar bears as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, or that looks like a bunch of band aids placed on a wound that needs multiple deep tissue stitches caused by climate change and the consequent melting of the Arctic sea ice. In other words, nice try, but until we address and prevent or mitigate the consequences of climate change, this plan means…..not much.
This may be one of those situations in which we concede that polar bears can no longer survive in the wild, and instead we save the species through capturing some of them and saving them in qualified reserves, preserves and zoos. I know some of you hate zoos, but it’s either a zoo or a zoo equivalent, or bye-bye polar bears.
More than two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will be killed off by 2050 — the species completely gone from Alaska — because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast. (Subhankar Banerjee/Associated Press)
As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government announced Monday: decisive action on climate change.
In a final plan to save an animal that greatly depends on ice to catch prey and survive, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified the rapid decline of sea ice as “the primary threat to polar bears” and said “the single most important achievement for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming” driven by the human emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
“Short of action that effectively addresses the primary cause of diminishing sea ice,” the agency’s plan said, “it is unlikely that polar bears will be recovered.”
That determination puts the plan itself on thin ice. Global climate change, of course, is completely out of the control of Fish and Wildlife, a division of the Interior Department. An international effort to address the issue was signed about a year ago in Paris, but President-elect Donald Trump has questioned U.S. participation in a treaty that nearly 190 governments signed.
“We wanted this plan to partially tell that story,” she said, but to also show that there were other steps that could save bears, such as adjusting the number that can be harvested by Alaska’s native people depending on the rise and fall of the animal’s population. Indigenous people and state officials participated in forming the plan. Another step was to find ways to deter hungry bears drawn to human garbage, so that fewer of them are destroyed.
Some green groups are objecting to the management plan because it doesn’t call for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Well, guys, that’s kind of an obvious solution, and criticizing a report issued by an agency that cannot take any action on greenhouse gas emissions reminds me of an infant’s temper tantrum. Yeah, it’s obvious…….but scream into the direction you should be screaming…….in the political direction, targeting 2018 and 2020, with a focus on the millions of young adults who did not vote and on the Democratic Party which failed us.
3-D IMAGES REVEAL FEATURES OF MARTIAN POLAR ICE CAPS
Three-dimensional subsurface images are revealing structures within the Martian polar ice caps, including previously obscured layering, a larger volume of frozen carbon dioxide contained in the south polar cap, and bowl-shaped features that may be buried impact craters within both polar caps. This information will help scientists better understand Martian climate changes and may allow them to determine the age of the polar caps without using climate models. The 3-D data volumes were assembled from observations by the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) on board NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) during more than 2000 orbit passes over each Martian pole.
“We have applied industry-developed techniques in a very novel fashion to a Martian dataset, producing 3-D volumes that are each over 600 times larger than any terrestrial or planetary dataset of this kind,” said Nathaniel E. Putzig, a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and co-author of “3-D Imaging of Mars’ Polar Ice Caps using Orbital Radar Data” that appears in a special section on remote sensing in the January issue of “The Leading Edge.”
“It is gratifying to see so plainly in the SHARAD volumes structures that took years of effort to characterize with the single-orbit profiles,” Putzig said. “I’m excited about what we will learn from newly revealed features such as the probable impact craters.”
“This work literally adds another dimension to the SHARAD data beyond what has been available to planetary scientists in the past,” said Frederick J. Foss of Freestyle Analytical & Quantitative Services and lead author on the paper. “While 3-D seismic and ground penetrating radar have become routine tools in terrestrial geophysical exploration, our 3-D treatment of the SHARAD data is a first in planetary geophysical exploration. The 3-D imaged SHARAD volumes significantly enhance the detectability and interpretability of features within the Martian polar ice caps.”
Layering seen at the surface of the Martian polar caps has been studied for decades. It has long been thought to represent a record of climate changes on that planet. The interior structures of the caps remained a mystery until the arrival of radar sounders at Mars in the last decade.
Previously, many important discoveries were made through analysis of data from collections of SHARAD single-orbit profiles despite their inherent limitations. 3-D data products now exist for nearly the entire volume of polar-cap interiors.
An early version of the north polar 3-D volume helped to assess the quantity of water ice transferred to the polar caps in the most recent retreat from a Martian ice age. First looks at the south polar 3-D volume indicate that previously mapped deposits of carbon dioxide ice are somewhat larger than reported. In both polar 3-D volumes, known impact craters in and near the polar caps that are partially filled with ice have distinctive bowl-shaped signatures in the radar data, and similar signatures are found elsewhere within the polar ices but without any surface expression. Whether the latter structures truly are impact craters remains to be determined.
Age estimates of planetary surfaces throughout the Solar System rely on statistical data for impact craters on the Moon’s surface calibrated to radiometrically dated samples returned during the Apollo program. This method has been used to estimate the surface ages of the Martian polar caps, but estimates for the ages of the caps themselves have had to rely on numerical models of past climate changes.
If a sufficient number of the bowl-shaped features found in the radar volumes are shown to be impact craters, scientists will be able to assess the age of the polar caps using cratering statistics alone. The extent to which age estimates from this new volumetric method agree or disagree with those from climate models will have important implications for the accuracy of these dating techniques.
I’m taking a class about the polar regions and climate change by a prof who does research in both the arctic and Antarctic and I love it. I’ve already learned so much about ice alone, and he is such a good teacher.