The Arctic Ocean is expected to be virtually ice-free in late summer in the 2040s, the release of carbon from thawing permafrost is expected to add to climate warming and human activities are likely to have contributed to the increased frequency of wildfires in Alaska's boreal forests and the decrease in June snow cover at high latitudes, including Alaska.
This week, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. As climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann wrote, “[W]e can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it.”
After leaving a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma's eye moved through the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning. By midday, the National Hurricane Center reported the deadly Category 4 storm had begun to swing away from the Keys — and toward Florida's mainland.
Last week’s record breaking Hurricane Irma had maximum winds of 185 mph with gust up to 225 mph and produced dangerous storm surges and heavy rain. As of this writing, after leaving a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Irma's eye moved through the lower Florida Keys and was preparing to slam into Florida's southwest coast near Tampa.
What an inspiration to know that climate scientists are not discourage by the current, popularity of attacks on facts and science and are still coming out with great stuff. The latest is the Audubon Society's recently released "Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas" which shows how the natural world and human activities overlap in the rapidly changing Arctic marine ecosystems. The Atlas covers Physical and Biological Setting, Fishes, Birds, Mammals, Human Uses and more.