A Huge Stretch of the Arctic Ocean Is Turning Into the Atlantic Right Before Our Eyes — “At this very moment, an enormous stretch of ocean in this area that has traditionally been ice covered is currently open.”
The West’s Great River Hits Its Limits: Will the Colorado Run Dry?
“The Colorado River Basin has been locked in the grip of a nearly unrelenting drought since 2000, and the two great water savings accounts on the river — Lake Mead and Lake Powell — are at all-time lows. An officially announced crisis could be at hand in the coming months.”
Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – “In some areas, the water table is dropping as much as two feet a year, but recharge in the aquifer only averages around three inches annually.”
The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? — “the population of monarch butterflies fell by 90 percent in the last 20 years, a loss of 900 million individuals; the rusty-patched bumblebee, which once lived in 28 states, dropped by 87 percent over the same period.”
Where Have All Our Insects Gone? “Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline… If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse.”
Alaskan heat wave sees record-level temperature on Independence Day — “The temperature at the airport was 90 degrees Thursday, besting June 14, 1969, for the highest mark ever recorded in the city, according to the National Weather Service.”
Two Paradoxes: Civilization is a Heat Engine Driving Us To Extinction; Terminating Civilization Heats the Earth Even Faster. — A talk given by Dr. Guy McPherson (Start video at 6:00 to skip introductory remarks. His presentation is about 55 minutes long.)