This week's news from the polar south: "Scientists have expressed alarm at the rate of ice loss at the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, which had shown no signs of change until 2009, when it started suffering rapid destabilisation. Now new research has revealed that glaciers along the peninsula have been melting at accelerating rates, causing the mass of ice there to reduce. The loss of ice in the region is so large that it has caused the gravitation field of the Earth to change, according to some measurements conducted by scientists."
Thanks to my FB friend, Doug Lee, for pointing out what is happening near the northern polar extreme, in Alaska. View it in context of Karl Rove -- Republican strategist to Jeb Bush and George W. Bush -- and his brilliant 2004 assertion to NY Times reporter Ron Suskind: "... that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality… We're an empire now,” Rove told Suskind, “and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." (“Without a Doubt”, NY Times, October 17, 2004)
And today, Jeb Bush calls climate science believers, "arrogant"? Wow. Jeb must not be familiar with poet Paul Valéry's dictum: "Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them."
So have a happy Memorial Day weekend, all, but first a quick glimpse what is happening in Alaska. The Alaska DOT calls this, "a very unusual situation", and "a first". Luckily we are far away! LOL.