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Older Ice Starts to Melt in Arctic

Much has been written about the increasing rate of the ice loss in the Arctic.  However for many of us it’s difficult to actually visualize the extent of this loss is.  This video released by NASA’s Goddard Space Center reveals simply how quickly this loss is occurring -it only a couple of minutes and it’s genuinely worth watching.

Remember all the records for the minimum level of sea ice have occurred in the last decade, only 2006 has been a slight exception in a definite severe downward trend.   However in some ways it’s not just the rate of the ice melting that is the most worrying but rather the type of ice.

The new data revealed is that older ice is now starting to thin substantially which makes it much more liable to melt in the warmer temperatures.   Some of this ice has taken many generations to form and it appears now that much of it is getting thinner and unlikely to survive many more melting summers.

During the 1980’s the older ice made up something like %25 of the overall ice cover.  The figure now is probably around 3%, in reality there isn’t much left and we can see that an ice-free Arctic over the Summer is now more than likely it’s almost inevitable.

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Useful Links

Anonymity is important when you’re online particularly if you have views or opinions that are deemed inappropriate by the government you live under.  These links below will help you maintain some sort of privacy and a low profile in environments where it’s dangerous to speak the truth where the environment is concerned.

Anonymous  Torrenting  – much of the best environmental information, from speech transcripts to documentaries is sometimes difficult to obtain online depending on your location.  Although torrents are often simply used for pirating the latest movies and music the technology also offers a method of downloading large files from anywhere.  Beware though the default mode for most torrent clients is completely transparent so you can easily be tracked down by your IP address, use a VPN such as the one in this post to hide your identity.  Remember many VPN services don’t allow the use of torrents so make sure you get one that works.

BBC World News Streaming – there are of course very few sources of news which are completely unbiased.  In fact, many consider the BBC to have some political agendas which affect their reporting.  However in contrast with many other news agencies which are often owned directly by the state or independent companies – a publicly funded, well respected organisation like the BBC has to be worth considering.  They are very active in reporting environmental information, you will need to use a VPN outside the UK for actual TV broadcasts including the World News.

Netflix VPN Ban – although being able to access Netflix is hardly an important environmental awareness tool, although there are some great documentaries online.  The latest move by the media giant demonstrates how important it is to control the internet.  Netflix has recently implemented a very effective block on people accessing their site using virtual private networks or proxy servers. This is supposed to be to protect copyright holders rights, but it does seem a way for Netflix to be able to split their markets and operate traditional profit maximisation techniques.   The VPN in the link still works though.

IP Cloaker – one of the most important factors to consider when trying to keep a low profiles online is that of your IP address.  If it is used from your home, college or workplace there is a high probability that any web activity can be tracked down to you specifically.  It is safer to use anonymous wifi or public access points although these carry there own security risks.  Most experts consider using an IP cloaker device is essential for any true anonymity online.

The Ninja Proxy – is a general security and news site which focuses on anonymity and security issues.  It has been around for many years and is a good place to start to find out about any online privacy issues you may have.  The author is from a technical background so there’s lots of specific technology related stories.  Worth grabbing the Ninja proxy RSS feed if you want to keep up to date.