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- Currently in Seattle — October 27, 2023: Frosty & clear
Currently in Seattle — October 27, 2023: Frosty & clear
Plus, a scary new prognosis for ice in Antarctica.
The weather, currently.
Chance of rain Friday, mostly sunny weekend
After a slight chance of rain passes on Friday morning, we’re in for a frosty and clear weekend.
The lows will be in the mid-30s overnight, so you might see frost first thing in the morning all weekend long. Otherwise, things should stay mostly sunny and cool, with highs topping out around 50.
Whether you’re volunteering around town, taking a walk in the woods with some fellow climate activists, putting your own plants to bed, or running your kids around outside, it’s going to be a pretty weekend to be outside. Bundle up and enjoy the rain break, Seattle.
What you need to know, currently.
Ocean warming will triple for the rest of this century near the vulnerable West Antarctica ice sheet, according to a new study out this week. Even more worrying, over the next ~20 years, there is no statistical difference between the course global emissions take and the melt rates of key ice shelves which hold back enormous Antarctic glaciers.
We’ve spent the last few years modelling the future of the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica, and I regret to inform you that it’s not good news.
— Dr Kaitlin Naughten (@kaitlinnaughten)
Oct 23, 2023
Here’s more, from The Guardian:
It’s times like these that I always refer back to the original scientists that conduct these important studies. In this case, I’ll give the final word to Kaitlin Naughten, the scientist for the British Antarctic Survey that led the study’s research: “I would hate for people to read this story and think “we should give up on climate action, we’re all doomed anyway”. We must remember that West Antarctica is just one cause of sea level rise, and sea level rise is just one impact of climate change.”
Basically: It is never, ever too late.
Naughten’s parallel essay on her team’s findings is worth a read for everyone — and a worthy call to courage in a time of bad climate news.
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