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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:33 pm

Extreme heatwaves are all over the Northern Hemisphere!  Shocked

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Post by TrueCrazyLion on Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:17 pm

This looks crazy!
I feel for Canada most of all, the extreme weather over there sounds horrific, with devastating effects.
Scotland recording its highest ever temps too is ominous, since August is normally our hottest month and it's likely to get progressively hotter here for the next couple of months before it starts cooling down again. Sounds like the west is getting much higher temps than the east, here we're consistently getting temps in the low 20s but it's surprisingly cool considering how hot Glasgow and Motherwell have been. Personally I can't actually remember a summer which was quite as sunny as this... Even when it's been mainly sunny in the past the nice weather has always been interspersed with the odd rainy day, but this year has just been beautiful, day after day after day, scorchio! As nice as it is, it's unprecedented to me and feels a bit surreal...!
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:33 pm

Warm winter here too. Only had three frosts so far (normally we would have had at least 20 by now) and they have been light ones.

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Post by Kaere on Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:15 am

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/receding-glaciers-in-canadian-arctic-reveal-landscapes-not-seen-for-40-000-years-1.4273076



Researchers studying glacial retreat on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic have discovered landscapes and plant life that have not been seen for more than 40,000 years.

The study, published Jan. 25 in the journal Nature Communications, also found that summers in the Canadian Arctic are warmer now than “any century in at least 115,000 years.”

“The Arctic is currently warming two to three times faster than the rest of the globe, so naturally, glaciers and the ice caps are going to react faster,” Simon Pendleton, the study’s lead author and a doctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, said in a statement.

To draw their conclusions, researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 48 plant samples collected last August at 30 ice caps encompassing a range of elevations and exposures in Baffin Island in Nunavut.

The samples were preserved in the exact same spots where they once grew, beneath ice caps that cover the island’s high-elevation, low-relief plateaus. As the ice caps have receded, plants -- from moss to lichen -- have been exposed.

The samples were lacking radiocarbon, which suggests that they last saw the light of day at least 40,000 years ago. Researchers then cross-referenced those radiocarbon tests with measurements of radiocarbon in rock samples nearby. They, too, were bereft of radiocarbon.

According to the study, these results, combined with data from ice cores taken on Baffin Island and Greenland, suggest that the region is currently experiencing its warmest century in 115,000 years.

“These trends are likely to continue and remove all ice from Baffin Island within the next few centuries,” the study concluded, “even in the absence of additional summer warming.”
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Post by Agartha on Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:01 pm

So melting and receding glaciers have now exposed plants that had not seen the light of day for at least 40 thousand years..... and some people still say climate change is not true....  confused
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Post by TrueCrazyLion on Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:50 pm

This is really compelling evidence, not only of global warming, but also that it is actually being caused by human activity, as opposed to only coinciding with it.
But it also suggests that what’s happening here has laid the foundations for a much longer time of warming which will extend well into the future...
Very powerful article.
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Post by Kaere on Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:16 am

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/insect-discovered-in-b-c-caves-could-be-a-survivor-from-ice-age-1.4290047

Ice Age insect has feen found in caves in British Columbia... It's a creepy looking thing *shudders*
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Post by TrueCrazyLion on Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:59 pm

Definitely looks creepy - I think it looks like a combination of an ant and an earwig.

Love how these things basically just get named after the people who discover them now... I think getting one named after us would be fun.
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Post by Rogue on Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:40 am

It's pretty amazing we're still discovering new creatures here on Earth!
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