Looks like climate change feedback has arrived in the Arctic


Permafrost…melts into the Kolyma River outside Zyryanka, Russia
Michael Robinson Chavez/Washington POST

” The Arctic is undergoing a profound, rapid and unmitigated shift into a new climate state, one that is greener, features far less ice, and is a net source of greenhouse gas emissions from melting permafrost, according to a major new federal assessment of the region released Tuesday.

The consequences of these climate shifts will be felt far outside the Arctic in the form of altered weather patterns, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and rising sea levels from the melting Greenland ice sheet and mountain glaciers.

” The findings are contained in the 2019 Arctic Report Card…Especially noteworthy is the report’s conclusion that the Arctic may have already turned into a net emitter of planet-warming carbon emissions due to thawing permafrost, which would only accelerate global warming. Permafrost is the carbon-rich frozen soil that covers 24% of Northern Hemisphere land area, encompassing vast stretches of territory across Alaska, Canada, Siberia and Greenland…

” “These observations signify that the feedback to accelerating climate change may already be underway,” the report concludes.

“Each of the studies has some parts of the story. Together they really paint the picture of – we’ve turned this corner for Arctic carbon,” said Ted Schuur. “Together they complement each other nicely and really in my mind are a smoking gun for this change already taking place.”

RTFA. Read it and weep for the damage we have done…continue to do under the “leadership” of the League of Corporate Pimps in Washington, DC. Otherwise known as Congress, the White House and the Federal Government.

Autonomous tractor/trailer goes coast-to-coast in <3 days


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” Plus.ai said one of its vehicles had hauled a refrigerator trailer full of butter 2,800 miles from California to Pennsylvania in less than three days.

It relied on sensors, cameras, radar and Lidar (light detection and ranging) technology and computer vision software underpinned by artificial intelligence.

But a driver and engineer rode along. [Of course!]

” “This cross-country freight run… shows the safety, efficiency and maturity of our autonomous trucks, which are already delivering freight for other partners several days a week,” said co-founder Shawn Kerrigan.

“Continued advances in our autonomous trucks will make it possible for these quick cross-country runs to be the norm in the future.”

Of course.