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Sunday, October 10, 2010 Day

In addition to being Zombie Day, today is also the annual day of action for, when people at 7347 events in 188 countries work together to raise awareness of the global climate crisis.  You can follow the link to the web site and see inspiring pictures of what is going on all around the world today.  Here are Stockholm activists dressed up as the sun, wind, and water thanking people on the subway for choosing public transportation.

Here is my climate update:  On September 19, 10 days later then usual, Arctic sea ice reached its third lowest recorded extent (the two lower years were 2007 and 2008).  For the first time, two yachts, one from Russia and one from Norway, circumnavigated the Arctic Sea through the northeast (over Russia) and northwest (over Canada) passages in one season.  And they didn't even have to eat their boots.

A few days ago I was talking to a colleague whose recent trip to a research station in Greenland was canceled --- instead of flying in three scientists and one writer (Simon Winchester, I hear), the Greenland authorities sent four marksmen to protect the field researchers from marauding polar bears who normally would be far out on the sea ice hunting seal this time of year.  Of course, it is shoot to kill.