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this Shell oil drilling rig and another just like it, is headed for that stretch of Alaska coastline

that's melting out in the images above. It looks like that entire zone between the 70th and 80th parallels will soon be ice free, if it isn't already. A 28 ship flotilla is up there now building the infrastructure to support these rigs.

Arctic Sea Ice Collapse Threatens

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/

The image below compares the Arctic sea ice thickness on July 14, 2012 (left panel) and on July 14, 2015 (right panel), using Naval Research Laboratory images.






The dramatic decline of the sea ice, especially north of North America, is the result of a combination of factors, including:

•very high levels of greenhouse gases over the Arctic Ocean
•very high levels of ocean heat
•heatwaves over North America and Siberia extending high air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean
•wildfires triggered by these heatwaves resulting in darkening compounds settling on snow and ice

•very warm river water running into the Arctic Ocean, as illustrated by the image below.




Great news. Shell won't even have to drill; just capture the millions of tons of methane bubbling up from the bed of the Arctic ocean.

Rumaging bear

rummaging bear
rummaging, rummaging, rummaging
bear

as seen from my front porch

among racing clouds
naked girls play peek-a-boo
Venus and the Moon

They say that global warming is gonna ramp up

in the next ten years. Parts of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean may be too hot for human habitation in 10 to 12 years. That could mean millions of people running away from catastrophe. This looks like preparedness. I would bet there's a detailed military threat assessment driving this.
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