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Melting Permafrost Endangers Greenland and Releases Harmful, Disease-Causing Bacteria

phlatsphilphlatsphil Posts: 14,632 AG
Here ya go, another one for you guys to argue about.


Melting Permafrost Endangers Greenland and Releases Harmful, Disease-Causing Bacteria

People love stories. Sometimes they make them dream, sometimes they frighten them, but stories always make people think.

The story I want to tell is the story of a small village in Greenland, Uummannaq. It is situated on a small island in a remote area on the west coast of Greenland, one of the few places in the World where people are still involved in the traditional dog sledding and dogs play a major role in the surviving of the human settlers. In recent years, however, a big change is endangering the ability these populations have developed to adapt and survive in their own environment.
In 2013, for nine months, fishermen and dogs were not able to reach the fishing areas because of the thickness of the ice and they were not able to have fresh food for three months. In the past, the thickness of the ice used to reach the one-meter mark. Now, in the same season, the ice is just a few centimeters thick. In this region people depend on ice, but global warming is making the ice thinner and the villagers are losing their trust in Nature. Today, in order to survive, the hunters are forced to kill their dogs.

The houses built on the permafrost are collapsing because the iced soil is slowly melting. This process is also causing the proliferation of bacteria while Tetanus and Hepatitis B are becoming a serious health problem, an issue that is extremely difficult to manage -- mainly because the area is truly remote and the isolation of the population, scattered in small settlements, turns vaccination into a very complicated task. Incredibly enough, people are dying of Tetanus in Greenland.

In Ummannaq, climate change brings along an unprecedented change that involves not only the environment and the ecosystem but also the economy, health, safety, food resources and traditions. Over the past 200 years, since the start of the Industrial Revolution, human beings have gradually disconnected from nature. "Buy and throw away" has become the mantra for the so-called modern lifestyle and it is now embraced by almost 7 billion people. The problem is that this style does not fit into the circularity of Nature. We are now entering a period of consequences, which we will all experience, and the time has come to change this mantra forever.

In order to become once again the owners of our destiny and future, we must implement a profound transformation of thought: we need to create a new relationship between the power of human beings and the ecological system of our planet. The answer, I believe, could be a more balanced relationship between civilization and the future, a more sustainable connection between the linearity of the economy and the circular processes of nature.

Recognizing that the right to a secure, healthy and ecologically balanced environment is part of our basic human rights should be the first step in promoting the paradigm shift I am describing, a shift needed to deal effectively with both climate change and the depletion of natural resources. In this challenge, an education that focuses on the creation of connections between information and knowledge practices, a dynamic process based on a better use of modern technologies and on new ways of teaching organized also around practical projects, could play a crucial role in reconnecting human beings to Nature.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-bellini/melting-permafrost-endang_b_5876898.html?utm_hp_ref=science&ir=Science

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  • NOLE66NOLE66 Posts: 1,630 Officer
    phlatsphil wrote: »
    Here ya go, another one for you guys to argue about.


    Melting Permafrost Endangers Greenland and Releases Harmful, Disease-Causing Bacteria

    People love stories. Sometimes they make them dream, sometimes they frighten them, but stories always make people think.

    The story I want to tell is the story of a small village in Greenland, Uummannaq. It is situated on a small island in a remote area on the west coast of Greenland, one of the few places in the World where people are still involved in the traditional dog sledding and dogs play a major role in the surviving of the human settlers. In recent years, however, a big change is endangering the ability these populations have developed to adapt and survive in their own environment.
    In 2013, for nine months, fishermen and dogs were not able to reach the fishing areas because of the thickness of the ice and they were not able to have fresh food for three months. In the past, the thickness of the ice used to reach the one-meter mark. Now, in the same season, the ice is just a few centimeters thick. In this region people depend on ice, but global warming is making the ice thinner and the villagers are losing their trust in Nature. Today, in order to survive, the hunters are forced to kill their dogs.

    The houses built on the permafrost are collapsing because the iced soil is slowly melting. This process is also causing the proliferation of bacteria while Tetanus and Hepatitis B are becoming a serious health problem, an issue that is extremely difficult to manage -- mainly because the area is truly remote and the isolation of the population, scattered in small settlements, turns vaccination into a very complicated task. Incredibly enough, people are dying of Tetanus in Greenland.

    In Ummannaq, climate change brings along an unprecedented change that involves not only the environment and the ecosystem but also the economy, health, safety, food resources and traditions. Over the past 200 years, since the start of the Industrial Revolution, human beings have gradually disconnected from nature. "Buy and throw away" has become the mantra for the so-called modern lifestyle and it is now embraced by almost 7 billion people. The problem is that this style does not fit into the circularity of Nature. We are now entering a period of consequences, which we will all experience, and the time has come to change this mantra forever.

    In order to become once again the owners of our destiny and future, we must implement a profound transformation of thought: we need to create a new relationship between the power of human beings and the ecological system of our planet. The answer, I believe, could be a more balanced relationship between civilization and the future, a more sustainable connection between the linearity of the economy and the circular processes of nature.

    Recognizing that the right to a secure, healthy and ecologically balanced environment is part of our basic human rights should be the first step in promoting the paradigm shift I am describing, a shift needed to deal effectively with both climate change and the depletion of natural resources. In this challenge, an education that focuses on the creation of connections between information and knowledge practices, a dynamic process based on a better use of modern technologies and on new ways of teaching organized also around practical projects, could play a crucial role in reconnecting human beings to Nature.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-bellini/melting-permafrost-endang_b_5876898.html?utm_hp_ref=science&ir=Science

    Oh noooooooo, run for your lives. Attack of the ice Ebola, lol. Fear it works for dummies, not so much for those who realize the agenda these people are pushing.
  • NACl H2O LuvrNACl H2O Luvr Posts: 12,389 AG
    :Spittingcoffee

    We should all live by the opinion of Alex Bellini, he knows whats best for all of us.


    This is where Huff Puff Pass gets their 'expert' opinion pieces from.

    Alex Bellini
    - Italian adventurer, endurance athlete, writer and professional speaker

    :rotflmao
  • FWCSnookFWCSnook Posts: 886 Officer
    I have been to both the west and east coasts of Greenland. Very beautiful and remote. The entire interior is an ice sheet.
  • NewberryJeffNewberryJeff Posts: 7,447 Admiral
    Honor the mmgw god or face pestilence, disease, world wide calamity.
    Obey (believe in the agenda and pay your carbon tax), you will be saved. It's not too late.
  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 AG
    Stopped reading at "The story I want to tell...."
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • ScminnowScminnow Posts: 4,094 Captain
    the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:

    “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
    “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
    “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
    “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
    “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
    “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
    “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
    “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
    “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
    “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
    “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
    “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
    “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
  • navigator2navigator2 Posts: 22,511 AG
    Life Magazine. They went the way of the buffalo, maybe that's what they were predicting. :grin
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • ThrottleThrottle Posts: 2,839 Captain
    Why was Greenland named as such ?
    Good question. Maybe as "global warming" advances it will thaw the long abandoned viking settlements where graveyards were dug in what is now permafrost. Maybe those regions will again be suitable for farming.
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,331 AG
    Weather Satellite Data: As of Oct. 1, No Global Warming For Past 18 Years

    (CNSNews.com) – The Earth’s temperature has “plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last 18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville.

    “That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when CNSNews.com asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.

    The "plateau" is evident in the climate record Christy and former NASA scientist Roy Spencer compiled using actual raw temperature data collected from 14 instruments aboard various weather satellites.

    CNSNews.com asked Christy why the United Nations’ climate models, which all predicted steeply rising temperatures over the past two decades, were all proven wrong.

    “You’re going back to a fundamental question of science that when you understand a system, you are able to predict its behavior. The fact that no one predicted what’s happened in the past 18 years indicates we have a long way to go to understand the climate system,” Christy replied.

    “And that the way the predictions were wrong were all to one direction, which means the predictions or the science is biased in one direction, toward overcooking the atmosphere.”

    Christy added that basing government policy affecting millions of Americans on “very poor” climate models that have been shown to be inaccurate is “a fool’s errand.”

    “Our ignorance is simply enormous when it comes to the climate system, and our understanding is certainly not strong and solid enough to make policy about climate because we don’t even know what it’s going to do, so how can we make a policy that says ‘I want to make the climate do something' when we don’t know what makes the climate do what it does?” he asked.

    “A policy is supposed to have a goal. Well, if you don’t know how the system works, that means you don’t know how to make it go toward that goal. And that’s certainly the case now, since none of the climate models are able to tell us what the future is going to be. They’ve certainly failed in the past. And so the policy is really a fool’s errand at this point.”

    However, he noted that “there is still a strong belief system that greenhouse gases control the climate, and so if that is your belief system, then it doesn’t really matter what the evidence shows.”

    Global temperatures

    (Dr. Roy Spencer)
    Christy said he has “no idea” if the Earth’s temperature will go up again in the future.

    “I’m a climatologist, which means I’m driving the car and looking in the rearview mirror, not out the front windshield, so I don’t try to forecast,” he told CNSNews.com.

    But earlier predictions that the El Nino will drive up temperatures this year were off the mark, he says.

    “There was a big pulse in what was a precursor to the El Nino back in May, and so it looked like it was going to be a very strong El Nino, but that pulse of warm water in the ocean – the heat content, actually – just faded away, basically. And so this wasn’t going to be a 1997/98 El Nino again. I don’t think they’re going to see the big spike in temperature” that was originally predicted.

    “But you know, El Ninos come and go, and they shouldn’t be factored in what the overall temperature does over decades.”

    Christy countered claims by some climatologists that the satellite data doesn’t show an increase in surface temperature because the "missing heat" was absorbed by the oceans.

    “That would require a change in wind speeds. It also means the climate models don’t have the oceans right,” he pointed out. “The other alternative is that the heat never was stored in the climate system, and that it escaped into space. That is just as plausible.”

    "I predicted this in 1999," Dr. Don Easterbrook, a climate scientist and glacier expert from Washington State, said of the 18-year period with no global warming. "My prediction has now happened."

    "The same year the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) models were predicting that the Earth would warm by one degree per decade, I was predicting that the Earth would cool for the next three decades," he noted. "They were way off the mark, while my prediction is still on target."

    Easterbrook added that with the sun entering a period known as a Grand Minimum, "it's a sure thing it's going to get cooler. It's just difficult to tell how much. It looks like it may get one degree cooler and maybe more," he said. "That may not seem like a lot, but it only warmed up one degree during the entire last century."

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/weather-satellite-data-oct-1-no-global-warming-past-18-years

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • phlatsphilphlatsphil Posts: 14,632 AG
    Baits Out wrote: »
    (CNSNews.com) – The Earth’s temperature has “plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last 18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville.

    “That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when CNSNews.com asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.

    Maybe we can get Dr. Christy to visit this small village of Uummannaq and try to convince the villagers. It seems to me that the millions of us who argue about it ever day are no more affected by global warming than we are by a little rain. We don't need convincing. Some of us believe it, some of us don't. Try convincing people who live above the artic circle that it's not a problem.
  • White DogWhite Dog Posts: 5,343 Officer
    Baits Out......garbage in, garbage out....That's how the UN rolls.
    The White Dog.........R.I.P..........1996 - June 2nd, 2011
  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,540 Admiral
    Wonder how that bacteria got their in the first place?
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • FreeLinerFreeLiner Posts: 1,573 Captain
    Ol Mucky wrote: »
    Wonder how that bacteria got their in the first place?

    I was thinking the same thing. Little confused by the bacteria comment followed by Hep B and tetanus. Rotting animals and vegetation from the last time it melted?

    18 years of no warming..... Poor Fibber.
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    Course dr. easterbrook had to lie and distort to come up with that conclusion.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/don-easterbrook-heartland-distortion-of-reality.html
  • FreeLinerFreeLiner Posts: 1,573 Captain
    Cyclist wrote: »
    Course dr. easterbrook had to lie and distort to come up with that conclusion.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/don-easterbrook-heartland-distortion-of-reality.html

    Im going with this....
    “You’re going back to a fundamental question of science that when you understand a system, you are able to predict its behavior. The fact that no one predicted what’s happened in the past 18 years indicates we have a long way to go to understand the climate system,” Christy replied.

    “And that the way the predictions were wrong were all to one direction, which means the predictions or the science is biased in one direction, toward overcooking the atmosphere.”

    and this....
    Christy countered claims by some climatologists that the satellite data doesn’t show an increase in surface temperature because the "missing heat" was absorbed by the oceans.

    “That would require a change in wind speeds. It also means the climate models don’t have the oceans right,” he pointed out. “The other alternative is that the heat never was stored in the climate system, and that it escaped into space. That is just as plausible.”

    And less of that other link.
  • NewberryJeffNewberryJeff Posts: 7,447 Admiral
    The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4321
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