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    'Canary in the coal mine': Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds

    Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.

    That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland’s ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters — enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.

    The new study suggests the territory’s ice sheet will now gain mass only once every 100 years — a grim indicator of how difficult it is to re-grow glaciers once they hemorrhage ice.

    In studying satellite images of the glaciers, the researchers noted that the glaciers had a 50% chance of regaining mass before 2000, with the odds declining since.

    “We are still draining more ice now than what was gained through snow accumulation in ‘good’ years,” said lead author Michalea King, a glaciologist at Ohio State University.

  • So who watched Extinction last night? Bleak hour of TV but lots of chatter at work today about it, seems to of shocked a few but not sure how that then turns in to postive change

  • All rivers in England have failed to meet quality tests for pollution amid concerns over the scale of sewage discharge and agricultural chemicals entering the water system.­2020/sep/17/rivers-in-england-fail-pollu­tion-tests-due-to-sewage-and-chemicals

    Data published on Thursday reveals just 14% of English rivers are of “good” ecological standard. There has been no improvements in river quality since 2016 when the last data was published, despite government promises that by 2027, 75% of English rivers would be rated good.

  • Aren't they planning on changing the criteria to help them meet that target. Sure I read a story recently.

  • I just watched it and once again feel like it's time to reconsider what i consume and where my money goes. I've targeted a lot of areas in my life (diet, clothes, transport, energy use etc) and now i'm beginning to struggle with the material consumption that dicking around with bikes brings.

    I see Schwalbe inner tubes are now 100% recyclable so maybe that's the first of the long list of parts i need to re-evaluate.

  • Is it worth moving money away from the big banks (eg Barclays) towards the co-op or some other relatively low effort bank? Does it make a difference? I'm thinking about savings but also who I buy insurance from, for example.

  • Haven't seen it yet but want to.
    Unnecessary clothes and books are still a weakness. And cheese.

  • We signed up to Ethical Consumer and the Co-Op came well recommended for its transparency and ethical stance.

    Barclays and HSBC are at the top of the shit list for there investment into fossil fuels. My two banks are further down the list but i'll be looking to do a swap to Co-op.

    Due to ongoing connections issues my partner switched form Plusnet to Sky which i wasn't overly pleased about. Given how bad the changeover experience has been i think we're gonna go with these guys as we're still within the cancellation window.

  • New movie, looks interesting

  • Thanks for this


    Exclusive: Number of people living with illegal pollution levels has fallen by 94% since Sadiq Khan became mayor

    good news ? or dodgy figures

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