We will all be better off if the Fertile Crescent is fertile again.
Does anyone disagree?
Both NYT. Haven’t been able to find the top one online yet. More Big Trouble in the Fertile Crescent though.
US Power Plants, 2009. Plus all manner of other energy maps from CARMA.
Link to this nice little map is here. But a map of Aleppo is just an excuse to talk about the fact that Syria is now burning itself out from the inside, destroying its ancient cultural heritage in the process. This is the rivets popping. This is the fabric tearing. The map is also an excuse to point and yowl at what may be the biggest single contributor to this disaster, after Assad himself: climate change.
Water disappears, rurals run to the cities, hunger and thirst tagteam together to produce the most elemental forms of desperation and hate. And civilization burns to the ground. This is the future. Pay heed, China.
greenland accelerated ice melt. Precisely the picture you most dread when you’re a climate paranoid.
nasa’s aquarius instrument, measuring the salinity of the world’s oceans so we can guess less sloppily.
sea surface salinity. Specifically, the issue of low salinity in the north Pacific. Which introduces yet another potential eco-horror: de-stabilization of the Northern Pacific halocline.
like some sort of really bad rash, these flash-and-fades represent location and strength of all atomic tests in history. We seem to have gotten through it, but what’s still going under the skin?