Prairie dog disease confirmed in South Dakota

It’s hard not to think of situations like this only worsening in the future.

NASA: Ice sheet decline at both poles increasing

An international team of experts supported by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) has combined data from multiple satellites and aircraft to produce the most comprehensive and accurate assessment to date of ice sheet losses in Greenland and Antarctica and their contributions to sea level rise.

In a landmark study published Thursday in the journal Science, 47 researchers from 26 laboratories report the combined rate of melting for the ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has increased during the last 20 years. Together, these ice sheets are losing more than three times as much ice each year (equivalent to sea level rise of 0.04 inches or 0.95 millimeters) as they were in the 1990s (equivalent to 0.01 inches or 0.27 millimeters). About two-thirds of the loss is coming from Greenland, with the rest from Antarctica.

To me, these findings spell big trouble, especially for folks living on that once-beautiful oceanfront spread. Think: Miami, Fla., Virginia Beach, Va., Wilmington, Del., Portland, Maine, and many, many other places in North America alone. You can read all of NASA’s release.

An area of Arctic ice bigger than the U.S. melted this year

The evidence continues to mount, and still the deniers in Congress won’t tackle the issue.

BP banned from government contracts in U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency took the action of barring the petroleum giant from doing any contractual bidness with the U.s. in light of the Big Oil company’s dismal record. You can read all about the EPA’s action right here.

Stand still for the apocalypse

Is columnist Chris Hedges pushing the envelope in this piece? Or is he on the mark? I’d bet that NASA’s James Hansen would agree with Hedges’s points.

Walk like Thoreau

There is nothing in life like a good, stiff walk. Doing so has all sorts of positives: Burning calories, not a fossil fuel; being outside where one can watch (and listen) to the world (like the Vermont Air National Guard F-16 that’s just taken off). Yet, I watch daily as neighbors get in their car and drive the quarter-mile to our neighborhood’s centralized curbside postal mail boxes. What has happened to us that makes even that five-minute walk too much to accomplish? Read here about Henry David Thoreau and walking. Then go for a walk yourself.

How will NYC keep out a rising sea? Dikes, huge seawall, oyster beds?

It’s a sad but realistic illustration with this article I just found. Read it here and ask yourself the question.