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  • How many taps on the hardened heads of the climate change deniers will it take to shatter the cocoon of disbelief?

    Never enough, I fear.

    Today, a spoon landed hard on the crown of the earth. This image (follow link for key) is one of today's Arctic sea ice extent as measured by the NASA Aqua satellite, part of the daily LANCE-MODIS tracking images.

    Over the past few days a severe storm has been active over the Arctic Ocean. The effect has been to break up the already thin and weakened ice towards the end of the summer melt season.

    This story hasn't scratched the mainstream much yet. That may change. No one knows exactly what will happen now. Will the ice coalesce? Or will it melt? Plenty of theories abound, you can read some here.

    Me, I follow the sea ice extent daily. It's astonishing how labile and dynamic the changes can be. I find them to be an informative measure of the pulse of the planet. A disturbing one, too.
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