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The North Atlantic and Arctic weather pattern is a real mess. Frequent episodes of severe polar warmth relative to normal conditions for this time of year have been a persistent feature. Arctic sea ice extents are at record lows. Meanwhile, the upstream atmosphere generated a record-smashing high pressure system and related abnormal warmth over the U.S. East on Wednesday.

(Severe warming, both at the surface and in the upper atmosphere over the Arctic helped to generate a polar vortex collapse during recent days. This collapse, in turn, generated a number of high amplitude waves in the Jet Stream — one of which produced a record high pressure ridge over the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, February 21. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

All these severe weather elements have ties to a climate change related condition called polar amplification. A condition that generates mass sea ice loss and…

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Exposing the Big Game

By Jennifer Fabiano, AccuWeather staff writer

Vegan and vegetarian diets are not just the latest trend. According to climate experts, these diets could actually help mitigate the effects of climate change.

“From a greenhouse gas standpoint and a climate standpoint, there are many advantages to a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet,” Rob Jackson, chair of the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford, said.

Transitioning towards a more plant-based diet could reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 percent, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Agriculture fast facts

The agriculture industry has major anthropocentric impacts, which are impacts originating in human activities. Reduction of greenhouse gases is the most prominent effects of vegan and vegetarian diets; others include reduced destruction of rain forests, increased efficiency of food production and cleaner, more abundant water.

Reduction of greenhouse gases


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Saudi Arabia: High relief of standing dromedary on sandstone spur at center of image. Credit: © CNRS/MADAJ, R. SchwerdtnerFrom the CNRS in France:

Rock art: Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia

February 13, 2018

At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist)1 and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD.)2 The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula and is the subject of an article published in Antiquity (February 2018).

Located in the province of Al Jawf in northwest Saudi Arabia, Camel Site, as it is known, was explored in 2016 and 2017 by a Franco-Saudi research team. The sculptures, some incomplete, were executed on three rocky spurs there. Though natural erosion has partly destroyed some of the works, as well as any traces…

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Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports on animals ability to “count”

Scientists have found that animals across the evolutionary spectrum have a keen sense of quantity, able to distinguish not just bigger from smaller or more from less, but two from four, four from ten, forty from sixty.

Read full story and learn how animals evaluate quanity and it impacts their behaviors at  Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You – The New York Times

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Marine ecosystems could be devastated by a new industry called “deep sea mining.” The plan is to use oil and gas technology to conduct heavy mining operations on the seafloor. This will destroy marine life and the environment, and must be stopped.

Source: Protect Marine Environment From Gold Mining on Sea Floor

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Thre are many pro-peace songs. Like one written by Pete Seeger, sung by Marlene Dietrich. Here is a music video, from Britain, by The Equals – Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys. Written by Eddy Grant, from Guyana.

The lyrics are:

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

People: white is white
What’s black ain’t clover

Together we’ll be
When the war is over.
You see the Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

They ain’t gonna fight no wars
Oh no.

Cool is school
But the teachers beat yer

When they see
That they can’t reach yer.

You see the Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
They ain’t gonna fight no wars
Oh no.

They ain’t got no country
They ain’t got no creed
People won’t be black or white
The world will be half-breed.
The world will be half-breed.
The world will be half-breed.

You see the Black Skin Blue…

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Natural History Wanderings

Mother Nature News reports

Chile has created two new national parks and expanded three others thanks to 1 million acres donated by former Patagonia CEO Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and another 9 million acres declared national parks by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

The total size is roughly the size of Switzerland.

The two new parks — Pumalín National Park and Patagonia National Park Chile — are already open to the public and are now permanently protected for visitors and the wildlife that live there.

The almost 43 percent expansion of national parks in Chile marks the culmination of a more than 20-year effort by McDivitt Tompkins and her now-deceased husband, Doug Tompkins, a founder of The North Face and Esprit clothing companies. The couple spent more than two decades acquiring and restoring land in southern Chile, like the Chacabuco Valley

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