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January 21, 2015

Emily J. Gertz is TakePart’s associate editor for environment and wildlife.

In the Arctic Ocean, it used to go like this: Sea ice expanded to the surrounding coastlines in the winter and melted back a bit in the summer. (Thus we often hear scientists discussing the region’s annual maximums and minimums of ice.) Multiyear ice forming to the west, northeast of Alaska and east of Russia, replaced older ice that spread farther to the east.

But as this new animation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows, since 1987 first-year ice (in darkest blue) has become common, while older, multiyear ice (paler blue and gray to white) has decreased sharply. From the mid-2000s on, older ice has almost vanished from the western side of the Arctic Ocean, making its final stand along the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

The reason, of course, is climate change. The Arctic is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world, creating profound changes in the environment. Overall, Arctic sea ice has decreased by around 14 percent since the 1970s, hitting a record low in September 2012.

Historically most of the Arctic ice cap was made of multiyear ice fringed by thinner first-year ice. The ice thickened as it endured from year to year, creating a strong platform for both animals, such as polar bears, and native hunters to use for resting and finding prey. The older ice protected the coastlines from erosion. Thicker ice also likely reflected more of the sun’s heat back into space, helping to keep temperatures relatively cool in the northern hemisphere.

Now rising temperatures in the western Arctic Ocean are dampening the formation of long-term sea ice. At the same time, the ocean’s loop current continues to transport sea ice into the North Atlantic east of Greenland.

“The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate,” President Obama said in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. “I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts.”

But it may well be too little, too late to reverse the profound changes already transforming the Arctic.

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Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim.

Health care executive Paul Linzmeyer will present the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s monthly program.

The program is free and open to the public. In his talk, Linzmeyer will discuss the nature of a sustainability culture, why health care institutions should lead in fostering climate change resiliency, tools to help facilities and communities assess their resiliency, and how to engage stakeholders ranging from businesses and nongovernmental organizations to communities and citizens.

Linzmeyer is the sustainability leader at ThedaCare, the largest employer in northeastern Wisconsin with seven hospitals, 35 clinics and more than 6500 employees. He has spent 35 years as a business activist in Chicago, Denver, and Green Bay, and has a deep and abiding belief that business can benefit immensely from triple bottom line thinking, which values social and environmental goals along with financial success. Linzmeyer, recognized as an international strategist on business innovation and sustainability principles, was a US delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco-Innovation Committee. He is a past chair of the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Council, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, and the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. He served for many years with the University of Wisconsin-Nelson Institute’s Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts and chaired the Industry Committee of the Wisconsin Global Warming Task Force. Currently he serves on the board of the Green Bay Public Market and as a member of the Novation Environmental Advisory Group and the Healthcare Without Harm’s National Climate Change Council.

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County seeks to transcend partisanship and to voice the care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s challenges and protect the Earth for future generations.

care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s

challenges and protect the Earth for future generations.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00pm

UUFDC: 10341 Water Street, Ephraim

THIS PROGRAM IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC

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April 1 meeting of the Climate Change Coalition of Door County

Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor

7 pm. It is free, and the public is welcome.

David Gerard, chair of Lawrence University’s Department of Economics, will give a talk that will review the considerable consensus about climate policy that the economics profession has reached. He will outline projected impacts of fossil fuel emissions on global temperatures and discuss the economic and political challenges associated with mitigating carbon emissions, drawing in part on his research in electricity generation costs and “clean coal” technologies. He will also present some basic tradeoffs between mitigation, adaptation and economic growth.
David Gerard has been at Lawrence since 2009. Before that he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are in risk regulation and public policy, particularly in areas of energy and the environment. He is the author of many scholarly articles, book chapters and invited papers. He has been quoted frequently in the media, including USA Today and National Public Radio. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, Iowa, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.
The Climate Change Coalition of Door County seeks to transcend partisanship and to voice the care we all have for the natural world. It fosters knowledge and action to address climate change’s challenges and protect the Earth for future generations.
For more information: Chuck Lauter, 920.839.2741
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