Polar bears resort to cannibalism as Arctic ice shrinks

CNN) — Summer is over in the northern hemisphere, but it’s been another chilling season for researchers who study Arctic sea ice.

Arctic Ice

Disappearance of Arctic ice cover may affect storm systems, storm tracks and crops, according to researchers.

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“It’s definitely a bad report. We did pick up little bit from last year, but this is over 30 percent below what used to be normal,” said Walt Meier, a research scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

This past summer, the Arctic sea ice dwindled to its second lowest level. Arctic sea ice is usually 1 to 3 meters, or as much as 9 feet thick. It grows during autumn and winter and shrinks in the spring and summer.

Scientists have monitored sea ice conditions for about 50 years with the help of satellites. Changes in the past decade have been alarming to climate researchers and oceanographers.

“It is the second lowest on record. … If anything, it is reinforcing the long-term trend. We are still losing the ice cover at a rate of 10 percent per decade now, and that is quite an increase from five years ago,” Meier said. “We are still heading toward an ice cover that is going to melt completely in the summertime in the Arctic.” Read the rest

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Sudan: Opportunity in the Midst of Crisis


September 23, 2008

Sudan: Opportunity in the Midst of Crisis

Following the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court’s request for an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and in the lead up to this week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Sudanese government launched a diplomatic offensive to pressure the United Nations Security Council to suspend the ICC investigation. ENOUGH’s latest report argues that the ICC’s actions actually creates a new opening for peace, the first of three significant opportunities that the international community must urgently seize.

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“The Chief Prosecutor’s actions have given Bashir a vested interest in reaching a peace deal in Darfur, possibly for the first time since the crisis began,” says the report’s co-author and ENOUGH Co-Chair John Prendergast. “Bashir and his government are finally confronting real consequences for their actions, consequences that go well beyond the harsh rhetoric and empty threats that have characterized the world’s response since 2003.”

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The second opportunity is the renewed prospect of an inclusive peace process for Darfur. The third is a drive toward national elections in 2009 and a self-determination referendum for southern Sudan in 2011, which will concentrate Sudanese and international actors on implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA. “In the waning days of the Bush administration and during the transition to a new government, the United States must demonstrate leadership and clarity of purpose to leverage these opportunities into genuine progress toward democratic transformation and sustainable peace,” says report co-author and policy advisor Colin Thomas-Jensen. “The grim alternative is a destructive new phase in Sudan’s civil wars.”

Click here to hear Colin Thomas-Jensen’s podcast about the report.

Tomorrow, September 24, John Prendergast will testify about the report before the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom at a hearing, from 10am to 12:30pm, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2359 in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Richard Williamson, the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan, and representatives of NGOs concerned about Sudan and Darfur, will also testify at the hearing.  The hearing is open to the public.

Scripture of the day

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Mathew 5:14-16

Recipe of the day

Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta Salad

Pan-Grilled Snapper with Orzo Pasta Salad