It used to be that new information on climate change came in every month or so. Now it’s daily, and it’s getting more prominent coverage, as illustrated in the Sun with this close-to-home story on the work of SFU earth-sciences grad Johannes Koch who has been documenting the retreating glaciers of Garibaldi:
Lots of newspapers ran this lovely, scary map of the Arctic:
“This situation is unlike anything observed in previous record low-ice seasons,” said Mark Drinkwater, of the European Space Agency’s Oceans/Ice Unit. “It is highly imaginable that a ship could have passed from Spitzbergen or Northern Siberia through what is normally pack ice to reach the North Pole without difficulty.”
Ah, good news: soon it will be possible to start drilling for oil and gas, and shipping year-round through the Northwest Passage.
I’m reminded of that 2002 New Yorker cartoon:
(CEO gives a speech at a board meeting): “And so, while the end-of-the-world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, we believe that the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities for profit.”