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I was in Alaska a few weeks ago again, this time on St Paul island. You may have seen this place on Deadliest Catch.
The island has been supporting the crab industry for years but now (2 seasons ago) the crab are just gone and nobody knows why. The Aleut Tribal government are now setting up to support research in to why this has happened rather than supporting the industry itself. Absolutely devastating to the community.
For reference this is St Paul harbor on the show.
How in the world did you come to be there? What were you doing? There's more to this story! Curious. Or, just another example of Brit wanderlust? :eye:
 
How in the world did you come to be there? What were you doing? There's more to this story! Curious. Or, just another example of Brit wanderlust? :eye:

One of my clients is the Aleut tribal government (a federally recognized tribal government)
I was on St. Paul installing a whole new network on the school campus, hospital, boat yard, offices, store etc.
We used star link to get them actual decent connectivity. For the first time ever you can stream video on St. Paul island!


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One of my clients is the Aleut tribal government (a federally recognized tribal government)
I was on St. Paul installing a whole new network on the school campus, hospital, boat yard, offices, store etc.
We used star link to get them actual decent connectivity. For the first time ever you can stream video on St. Paul island!


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Everyone on the island must have been so excited. Amazing.
 
Floods, fires and deadly heat are the alarm bells of a planet on the brink [WaPo; 7.13.23]

Near the end, the article mentions that Biden approved an area in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for drilling. Yeah, that was surprising. However, Biden is addressing the realities of climate change with many of his policies and the article fails to mention that, while also leaving the reader to immediately assume the worst about the decision.

So, here's something about that project:

What is Willow? How an Alaska oil project could affect the environment. [WaPo;4.22.23]

After roughly five years of permitting and legal fights, the Biden administration approved the project to have as many as three drilling sites with up to 199 total wells. It shrunk the project from the five pads ConocoPhillips had originally proposed following recommendations from a government review to keep development out of a yellow-billed loon nesting site and caribou migration paths.

 
The U.S. and China Are Restarting Climate Talks: Here's Where Things Stand [NYTimes;7.15.23]

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Well, that's something.

Just as an observation: we've had a wet summer here so far. One predicted effect of climate change - warmer, wetter summers in the northeastern US is happening this year, to this point. There's been major flooding in Vermont, in the Hudson Valley of NY and Pennsylvania, where, on Saturday, 7 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes in Buck's County. It's an el nino year, which I guess means more wet weather but this is extreme. Meanwhile, we've had air quality alerts due to smoke particulates from forest fires in Canada. The alerts come and go as plumes of smoke move southward with wind shifts. On one occasion, NYC had the worst particulate pollution of anywhere on earth. The haze and smell of smoke was unsettling.
 
So many records.

Extreme Heat: World Swelters in Record-Breaking Heat [NYTimes; updated frequently]

A few mentions:
  • In the United States, Phoenix is expected to break a 49-year-old record on Tuesday with the city’s 19th consecutive day of temperatures above 110 degrees (43.3 Celsius). Elsewhere around the country, hot and humid conditions were expected to worsen along the Gulf Coast and throughout the Southeast, according to the National Weather Service.
  • A heat wave gripped parts of Europe and the Middle East, with the heat index — which measures how it feels — reaching 152 degrees Fahrenheit (66.7 Celsius) at the Persian Gulf International Airport on Iran’s southwestern coast on Sunday.
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For millions of people in South and Southeast Asia, the stiflingly hot and humid heat wave began long before the summer. April and May are usually the hottest months of the year in the region, as temperatures rise until the annual monsoon rains bring relief.

India’s hot season began abnormally early, recording its hottest February in history. In mid-April, New Delhi saw temperatures soar above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). At least 11 people died of heat stroke on a single day. Temperatures were abnormally high in May, too.

India’s intense heat wave continued in June, when hospitals feared that the punishing temperatures were leading to a higher-than-usual number of deaths among patients. Monsoon rains have cooled temperatures across the country in recent weeks.
The heat wave in South Asia also seared Bangladesh in April, when Dhaka, the capital, hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit, (41 degrees Celsius), its highest temperature in six decades. The Bangladesh Meteorological Department said that it had not seen such a prolonged heat wave since the 1970s.
As Vietnam broke its record at 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) in May, increased demand for air conditioning stretched its power grid, prompting the authorities to turn off streetlights and ration electricity. Laos, which neighbors Vietnam, recorded its highest-ever temperature on the same day, also reaching 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius).
Thailand also set a national record in April when temperatures peaked past 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). Temperatures there remained high despite several summer storms, until the unusual heat subsided this month. Meteorologists said they still expected above normal temperatures throughout the summer.
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Much of Italy is engulfed by the heat, with temperatures expected to reach 104 Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) in the nation’s central and southern regions. The country’s Health Ministry has placed 20 of Italy’s 27 cities under the highest heat warning.

In Italy’s southern islands, which hold the current heat record for continental Europe, temperatures could soar even higher. That record was set when a temperature of 119.8 Fahrenheit (48.8 Celsius) was measured in Sicily on Aug. 11, 2021, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
In Greece, the national meteorological service said that temperatures on Tuesday were expected to be highest in the country’s western and central mainland — hovering around 104 Fahrenheit, with more peaks in the coming days. Wildfires have burned through seaside resorts near Athens, the capital, and the authorities said on Tuesday that there was a “very high risk” of fires in parts of central and southern Greece.
In Spain, the most intense heat is forecast to reach the island of Mallorca and the northeastern regions of Aragon and Catalonia, which are expecting temperatures from 107 to 111 Fahrenheit (41.7 to 43.9 Celsius), according to the country’s meteorological agency.
Parts of the Balkans will also labor under the heat, with Croatia and Albania reaching close to 100 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius).
“Climate change and temperature increase has spurred a surge in reports of record weather and climate extremes, especially for heat,” the World Meteorological Organization said in a news release.
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China has experienced a series of heat waves since late June, registering five of the 11 hottest days recorded in Beijing since readily available measurements began in 1951.
 
How can people not understand and agree when scorching temps are moving from one coast to the other and there is mass flooding as the Atlantic warms and storms break out. And what about the Great Coral Reef? :(
 
Water temp of 101 in Southern Florida yesterday....this is unsustainable.

An article from WaPo to back up mdiver's comment:

Extreme Weather: As Florida ocean temperatures soar, a race to salvage imperiled corals [WaPo;7.26.23]

On Monday evening, a buoy in Manatee Bay, about 40 miles south of Miami, posted a temperature of 101.1 degrees at 6 p.m. For comparison, the “ideal” temperature of a hot tub is 100 to 102 degrees, according to jacuzzi.com.
To save the coral, the researchers are taking it out of the ocean! to a safer environment. yeah,... really.

And, the fish, sponges, and other sea life?
Extreme ocean heat off Florida has ebbed. But for marine life, the danger remains [Science News;8.9.23]

Of course, it's not just Florida that is troubled.

Global ocean roiled by marine heatwaves, with more on the way [NOAA Research; 6.28.23]

The surface temperatures of about 40% of the global ocean are already high enough to meet the criteria for a marine heatwave — a period of persistent anomalously warm ocean temperatures — which can have significant impacts on marine life as well as coastal communities and economies. The new forecast by the Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) projects that it will increase to 50% by September, and it could stay that way through the end of the year.
 
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