is the arctic melting

Honestly I hate anyone who complains about smart phones and technology ruining communication. My immigrant mom has spent over 30 years feeling isolated in the U.S because of her language barrier and now at age 63 she’s learning to use LINE and video chat to talk with her relatives and friends overseas, and the earnest joy and excitement she gets from something as small as a friend sending her animated gif reactions is enough to melt the entire arctic

Ritsu was laced with ice.

His skin was freezing to the touch, smooth and frozen cold, melting under warm fingertips. There were arctic oceans in his heart, the depths bottomless. Cold mist, dark clouds filled his lungs, the blizzards leaving his throat with each gasp for air making his lips blue. Thunderclouds followed his every step, pelting water onto his hair, freezing into icicles as raindrops trailed down his skin. His whole body was as tense as ice, with the rigidity, the lifelessness of a marble statue. He looked as unwelcoming, cold, fierce as a tundra, although his skin was as delicate as frost. He hid cold waters and torturous waves under his icy gaze. His lungs filled with ice slowly, frost trailing up his throat, his breath laboured and pained.

mermaids
  • aries: deep red tail, travels all over, wears gifts from infatuated humans, often mistaken for underwater fire or sunken rubies, spotted teasing sailors out at sea
  • taurus: pearly pink tail, lives near a small ocean side town with a legend of a beautiful mermaid, never seen but often a lovely inhuman song is heard
  • gemini: sunny yellow tail, goes from beach to beach, collects bottled messages among other things, wears shell charm jewelry, likes to watch humans from a distance, occasionally talks to a sole person wandering the beach but no one believes the person after
  • cancer: silvery tail, lives near a ligthhouse, pulls drowning people to shore, pearls, spotted singing on moonlit nights
  • leo: golden tail, lives in a coral reef castle, friends with all the sea creatures, spotted on beaches of tropical islands but disappears before any photos can be taken
  • virgo: off-white cream tail with spots of beige and brown, lives in a cave, leads lost people to their cave for shelter, sometimes those who have done unspeakable things mysteriously disappear and those who have been wronged receive sudden good luck, spotted just before these strange incidents
  • libra: pastel blue and mint green tail, lives near a bustling city, fell in love with a human, makes various arts and crafts with what they find in the water, spotted combing hair
  • scorpio: deep blue tails, lives out at sea, may lure a sailor to their death or save them (depends on the sailor), shark teeth necklaces, knows what lies in the deepest crevices of the ocean, spotted staring up out of the water with glowing eyes
  • sagittarius: plum tail, never stays in one place, decorated with souvenirs of adventures, has pulled entire ships to shore, can often be heard talking and laughing but if spotted will smile before swimming away
  • capricorn: emerald green tail, lives in arctic waters, helps people without them knowing, concerned about melting ice caps, could fight a sea lion if they had to, silhouette spotted under the ice
  • aquarius: shimmering rainbow tail, lives in deep water but is decorated with human trinkets from their visits to the shore, wants to learn about both humans and bottom of the sea, spotted sitting on rocks staring up at the sky
  • pisces: iridescent aqua tail, lives near a beach with a tragic story of a mermaid and her lost love, will just as soon drown you as play with you, wears jewelry of shards of pottery and sea glass, on stormy nights some say they hear weeping

Young God- Halsey
Arabella- Arctic Monkeys
Flaws- Bastille
I melt with you- Modern English
Cherry Wine- Hozier
Boy with a coin- Iron and wine
Unbelievers- Vampire Weekend
Sweater Weather- The Neighbourhood
Immortal- Marina and the Diamonds
Cosmic Love- Florence + The Machine

And I will come back, every time– // Listen at 8tracks

Deep heat melts Greenland’s icy base

We have heard stories in recent years of the retreat of Arctic ice and the increasing amounts of summer melt, seemingly linked to global climate change. The idea that ice will melt as the atmosphere or oceans warm is rather intuitive. But news is reported today highlighting the influence of Earth’s interior heat flow on the glacial melt.

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Timmiaruq

Ocean-going creatures, related to both Sirens and Arctic Harpies, Timmiaruq are found largely in the Arctic, though in recent years, with the melting sea ice, they have been found landing farther and farther south, which can prove a risk, given their abilities - while Timmiaruq are capable of eating normal food (usually seal cubs or fish which they hunt) they can, if pressed, drain magical energy from others. While this magical energy can be regained with some rest - magic being a form of energy naturally produced and stored in the cells of wixes constantly - it is often so startling a shock to their system many a wix has suffered a heart attack on being exposed to it. Thankfully, it is very rare for Timmiaruq to do this - not only is it a risk for these relatively magically and physically weak creatures to land, they do not gain as much magic as they drain and are at a huge risk when approaching those they seek to drain.

Timmiaruq feathers are often used in potions which might otherwise require Chizpurfle fangs, as a far more potent variant ingredient. Their potency increases the effect of the potion as well as how long the potion will last in storage. Despite all these things however: Timmiaruq are surprisingly weak both physically and magically. Most of their magic is inherent, purely there to maintain their physical abilities - combining bird and human physiology, having functioning wings - with the exception of their ability to eat magic. Physically, most of their strength is in their wings, which they tend to carefully and constantly seek to keep from harm.


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(Usage of this image - and other images in the photoset this is from - was kindly given by @sdoodles. The name for this creature and their ability to drain energy were also suggested by them. I hate that I have to include this but PLEASE DO NOT DELETE THE IMAGE SOURCE OR MY CAPTION.) 

Ten PM in Fairbanks, April 8th. It snowed this week but something’s started to give - temperatures generally reach a high above freezing and the length of the days is hinting towards the eventual midnight sun. Spring is just about here.

That ADHD thing where
  • friend: *speaks*
  • me: *nods, sips iced lemonade*
  • my train of thought: would you look at this little ice cubes, they're melting, oh this reminds me so much of the Arctic and it's so sad, DAMN CLIMATE CHANGE, it's becoming too hot and the polar bears are gonna die, speaking of polar bears and hot, why the fuck would you take an animal that needs to live where it's fucking freezing to a goddamn zoo in the middle of a city, that shit is crazy, zoo animals are so mistreated, which by the way is an issue not completely overlooked but romanticized in the movie 'Madagascar', I can't believe their nerve, why u always fuckin' lying, zoos are terrible in reality, well at least they decided to free them and let them live their lives, but no, those animals are fucking stupid and WANT to go back, what kind of crap
  • friend: *still speaking, oblivious to the fact that my brain is far, far away*
  • me: (interrupting) WHY THE FUCK WOULD THE ANIMALS FROM 'MADAGASCAR' WANT TO GO BACK TO THE ZOO, LIKE, U GOT A GORGEOUS ISLAND TO EXPLORE, GO LIVE YO LIFE, LET'S BOICOT ZOOS, SAY NO TO ANIMAL EXPLOITATION, PROTECT POLAR BEARS, VEGAN POWER
Climate Change: Species On The Move: Phytoplankton (InsideClimate News)

A phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea, August 2011 (Credit: Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Earth Observatory)

About This Species

Phytoplankton are tiny—almost microscopic—but don’t let that fool you. These free-floating, plant-like organisms occupy the bottom of the ocean’s food chain, making them vital to the ecosystem. They live in the ocean and in sea ice, and like plants on land, phytoplankton need sunlight. Most are buoyant and float in the upper portion of the ocean where sunlight can reach them. They provide food for a wide array of species, like whales, shrimp, snails and jellyfish.

In the Arctic, phytoplankton blooms are triggered by the melting of sea ice in spring. Light green shelves of phytoplankton swirl into the Arctic Ocean. As the climate changes and the oceans warm, the timing of phytoplankton blooms is shifting and the species are showing up in different places altogether. As this happens, the effects ripple outward, growing in significance along the way.

Status

Warmer oceans are already resulting in earlier blooms. A new study in the journal Science found that for every degree that the water increased, one species of phytoplankton bloomed four or five days earlier. From 2003 to 2012, the bloom of that one species shifted 20 days earlier—a trend the researchers projected would continue as the oceans warm further.

Many species tie their lifecycles to the timing of the bloom. When phytoplankton blooms earlier, the next level of the food chain—zooplankton—can miss its opportunity to feed on phytoplankton. That mismatch can work its way up to the fish that eat the zooplankton, the seals that eat those fish and the polar bears at the top of the food chain.

In addition, when thick, old sea ice is thinned by warming, sunlight is able to permeate the surface and stimulate phytoplankton to bloom within the ice. What was once a white surface is made dark, which absorbs more energy from the sun and exacerbates warming.

Range Shifts

A combination of ocean warming and shifts in ocean circulation and surface conditions has phytoplankton on the move. In the coming century, species will shift northeastward, with major consequences for the ecosystem.

Looking Forward

That northeastward shift is happening at a faster rate than previously estimated. A study published in March 2015 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences described the dynamic combination of rising ocean temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and surface conditions that are driving this shift.

The study examined 87 North American phytoplankton species, looking at historical data from 1951-2000 and projections for 2051-2100. It found that 74 percent of the species it studied were moving toward the North Pole at a rate of 8 miles per decade, and that 90 percent were shifting eastward at a rate of 26.5 miles per decade.

“Anthropogenic climate change over the coming century may drive North Atlantic phytoplankton species ranges and communities to move in space, or shift, and cause communities to internally reassemble, or shuffle,” the study says.

2016 marks the most devastating year for Arctic melt, NASA scientists say

  • In an annual review of environmental changes in the Arctic, scientists reported that 2016 brought an “unprecedented warming air temperature” in the region.
  • The scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also said this lead to a record decline in sea ice.
  • “Rarely have we seen the Arctic show a clearer, stronger or more pronounced signal of persistent warming and its cascading effects on the environment than this year,” NOAA Arctic Research Program director Jeremy Mathis said.
  • This “persistent warming” is even more dramatic than what we’re seeing worldwide. The Arctic is heating up at double the rate of the average rise in global temperature. Read more

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Earth Day Wishes

By Bill Maher

Climate change deniers hear manmade global warming will likely increase temperatures by a few degrees by the end of the century and think, “So what? I’ll just eat my ice cream a little faster.” What they’re not considering is what scientists call “the climate change time bomb” – the melting of permafrost in arctic and subarctic regions that rapidly increases the release of heretofore-trapped methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything
Rising temperatures and disappearing ice present an opportunity for Vladimir Putin

This article is the first in a three-part series about the Arctic. As the Arctic melts, we sit with our thumbs up our asses. President Obama didn’t start considering the geopolitical consequences of the effects of climate change on the Arctic until the last two years of his presidency. trump probably doesn’t have a fucking clue about any of this, so it makes no difference now. Other countries will stomp all over us because the Arctic has nothing to do with the wall on the Mexican border.

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Eight countries control land in the Arctic Circle. Five have coastlines to defend. The temperature is rising. The ice is melting. The race for newly accessible resources is beginning. And Russia is gaining ground.

The story of the Arctic begins with temperature but it’s so much more—this is a tale about oil and economics, about humanity and science, about politics and borders and the emerging risk of an emboldened and growing Russian empire.

The world as a whole has warmed about 0.9 degrees Celsius (1.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1880. Arctic temperatures have risen twice that amount during the same time period. The most recent year analyzed, October 2015 to September 2016, was 3.5C warmer than the early 1900s, according to the 2016 Arctic Report Card. Northern Canada, Svalbard, Norway and Russia’s Kara Sea reached an astounding 14C (25F) higher than normal last fall.

Scientists refer to these dramatic physical changes as “Arctic amplification,” or positive feedback loops. It’s a little bit like compound interest. A small change snowballs, and Arctic conditions become much less Arctic, much more quickly.

“After studying the Arctic and its climate for three-and-a-half decades,” Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data center, wrote recently. “I have concluded that what has happened over the last year goes beyond even the extreme.”

The sea-ice loss is President Vladimir Putin’s gain. Already the largest country on the planet, Russia stands to gain access to shipping routes and energy reserves, and a strategic military advantage from the opening of the Arctic.

Along the Russian coastline, which makes up more than half the Arctic total, winds and currents push old ice away from potential shipping lanes and prevent the build-up of thicker, multi-year ice that would leave other parts of the Arctic impassable for longer periods. That dynamic helps bring the Northern Sea Route—shippers’ hoped-for Russian express between Western Europe and East Asia—closer to fruition.

life goes on, doesn’t it?
once upon a time we were the best of friends, but life goes on.

not every friendship ends in a feud or a bitter, ‘you left me.’

some friendships, like yours and mine, never truly ends but will never be the same again.

once upon a time we were the best of friends,
but now though i call you my friend and you call me yours,
it’s never going to be what it used to be.

it doesn’t hurt.
i’ve moved on, and so have you.
some friendships just aren’t meant to last forever, and i at least had the honor to be a person you called your best friend — even if just for a few years.

but not hurting does not mean not missing.
there are times when i tell myself that i think you miss me as much as i do, but why do either of us never reach out for each other?

is it because we know?
or is it because we’re scared?

some friendships, like yours and mine, remind me of ice in the arctic. we don’t melt but break apart.
you’re still my friend and i yours, but i haven’t had the time to go beyond, 'hi, how are you?“ in far too long.

you’ve changed, and so have i,
and that’s alright.

it doesn’t hurt, but there are many memories of our friendship that would only be the same if i share them with you.

maybe one day i’ll reach out again and revisit those days with you.

—  mind the gap; for it has gotten bigger than i last remember ( but the word ‘friend’ will always hang in there between us ) // k.s.
But

Imagine how heartbreaking it would be for Dean to hold Cas for the first time. I’m not even talking about sex just like imagine they were kissing but then stumbled onto the bed. How soft Deans touches would be, cradling cas’s face in his hands or wrapping his arms around him trying to be as close as possible because Cas might just melt away if he isn’t in his arms for just one moment, so he holds on like he’s holding on for life.
Cas totally understanding what Dean needs so he lets him. He lets him feel out his body and he does the same, caressing deans cheeks or rubbing small circles in his back, he lets him pull on his lips with his teeth or slip his tongue into cas’s mouth and kiss heart shaped bruises into his skin. He kisses Dean until his eyelids drop and he feels his heart go steady, even though he doesn’t sleep he stays there the whole night wrapped in the hunters limbs with deans head against his heart. Every time he shifts to get more comfortable Deans grip is pulling him in once more.
when Dean wakes, the surprise on his face that Cas is still there, kind of stings but the sting fades because of the smile that spreads across the hunters face could melt the arctics so he presses his lips to the hunters and Dean just traces the lines of the bruises he left. Maybe someday he won’t be so afraid of loosening his grip
But for right now his arms are just tight enough to keep them both from sinking.