Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ho Lee-Fuq

I have seen no mention of this whatsoever in the New York Times, any of the major news networks, or for that matter the liberal blogs and on-line magazines. Only at Climate Progress did I learn that the temperature in Greenland's capital of Nuuk last week hit 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the warmest temperature ever recorded there in June. The percentage of the Greenland ice sheet surface that has melted is now 2 standard deviations above normal for June. The arctic sea ice is also on track for a record low.

May was the hottest ever recorded globally, and we're on track for the hottest year ever for the third year in a row. This is serious folks.

To be fair, The Guardian is covering this, even while the Brits are in shock over the murder of a Labor MP by a neo-Nazi. But here in the U.S. of A.? Crickets. Their piece is, if anything, scarier than Joe Romm's. Excerpt:

May was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records according to figures published this week that are the latest in 2016’s string of incredible climate records which scientists have described as a bombshell and an emergency.
The series of smashed global records, particularly the extraordinary heat in February and March, has provoked a stunned reaction from climate scientists, who are warning that climate change has reached unprecedented levels and is no longer only a threat for the future.
Alongside the soaring temperatures, other records have tumbled around the world, from vanishing Arctic sea ice to a searing drought in India and the vast bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. The UK has experienced record flooding that has devastated communities across the country and scientists predict that the flash floods seen by parts of the country in recent days will increase in future.


1 comment:

robin andrea said...

And then there's this:
Ho Lee-Fuq, indeed.