Moss springs back to life after 1,500 years in deep freeze

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New study offers snapshot of changing world

It may look like grass, but it's not — it's moss. It may look like grass, but it’s not — it’s moss. bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Some hardy species of moss may be able to regenerate after surviving for thousands of years buried deep beneath polar ice. Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and Reading University said their study for the first time shows that some plants have the ability to survive century to millennial scale ice ages.

The research may help scientists better project how polar regions will change in coming decades as ice sheets retreat. The study is the first to show that mosses can survive century to millennial scale ice ages.

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Global warming: What we know

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A potential for abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts

h February 2014 marked the 29th consecutive year with global temperatures running above the 20th century average. Map courtesy NASA.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Making informed choices about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions will help reduce risks for present and future generations and help communities adapt to climate change, scientists said last week, announcing a new initiative to inform the public about climate change.

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Rising seas from climate change threaten Melbourne sport

Australian sports grounds and climate change

Climate change is driving sea level rise. It’s happening, and accelerating – mostly because water expands as it warms, some of it from melting ice as well.

Images on this page are copied from OzCoasts maps for impacts of sea level rises, which map areas from Torquay around to San Remo.

As well as sports grounds, of course, the maps show a range of other impacts on communities. This blog is focusing on sport, though, so that’s what we’ll highlight here.

In Melbourne itself and in suburbs close to the CBD,  sports grounds aren’t quite so badly exposed to impacts of small rises in sea level as those in some other areas around Australia’s coasts (Brisbane and South-East Queensland; Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast, Sydney; and Adelaide.

Melbourne, like Perth, does have a range of grounds at risk, which highlight the need for urgent action on climate change. And like…

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“The future say…

“The future says:

Dear mortals;
I know you are busy with your colourful lives;
I have no wish to waste the little time that remains
On arguments and heated debates;
But before I can appear
Please, close your eyes, sit still
And listen carefully
To what I am about to say;
I haven’t happened yet, but I will.
I can’t pretend it’s going to be
Business as usual.
Things are going to change.
I’m going to be unrecognisable.
Please, don’t open your eyes, not yet.
I’m not trying to frighten you.
All I ask is that you think of me
Not as a wish or a nightmare, but as a story
You have to tell yourselves –
Not with an ending
In which everyone lives happily ever after,
Or a B-movie apocalypse,
But maybe starting with the line
‘To be continued…’
And see what happens next.
Remember this; I am not
Written in stone
But in time –
So please don’t shrug and say
What can we do?
It’s too late, etc, etc, etc.
Dear mortals,
You are such strange creatures
With your greed and your kindness,
And your hearts like broken toys;
You carry fear with you everywhere
Like a tiny god
In its box of shadows.
You love festivals and music
And good food.
You lie to yourselves
Because you’re afraid of the dark.
But the truth is: you are in my hands
And I am in yours.
We are in this together,
Face to face and eye to eye;
We’re made for each other.
Now those of you who are still here;
Open your eyes and tell me what you see.”
― Nick Drake

What an insightful personal way to think about climate change! Although Romanticized, it somehow manages to make Climate change tangible, manageable, and places responsibility in a comfortable give and take manner.