Bering Sea ice is "at record low levels for this time of year"

May 18, 2018 by  
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Arctic sea ice is low, with the Bering Sea’s ice extent “the lowest recorded since at least 1979,” according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). This reflects a larger overall trend: in April, Arctic sea ice covered an area 378,400 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average. According to Alaska-based meteorologist Rick Thoman, Bering Sea ice extent “is five percent of normal” for the middle of May, and “there is almost nothing left except for near shore ice in protected areas.” The worrisome part of all this? There are still four months to go in the Arctic’s melt season. NSIDC provided information on Arctic sea ice extent in April of this year, and said 2016 and 2018 essentially tied “for lowest April sea ice extent on record.” Barents Sea and Bering Sea ice extent was below average, as it was during the 2017 to 2018 winter. According to Earther , the Bering Sea has been something of a ground zero for crazy ice, with sea ice disappearing when it was supposed to be growing in February, rebounding slightly in March, and then plummeting in April. Bering Sea ice extent is 5% of normal for mid-May and there is almost nothing left except for near shore ice in protected areas. Chukchi Sea ice extent also at record low, with open water now north of 71N. #akwx #Arctic @Climatologist49 @ZLabe @lisashefguy @amy_holman pic.twitter.com/Ur7UmoptgL — Rick Thoman (@AlaskaWx) May 17, 2018 Related: Extreme Arctic warmth deeply concerning, scientists say Warm oceans have played a role in the dive of Bering Sea ice levels; University of Alaska Fairbanks climate researcher Brian Brettschneider told Earther that “Bering Sea SSTs [sea surface temperatures] have been at record or near record levels for months now. This represents a strong positive feedback. Warm waters are hard to freeze, which then allows for more solar absorption.” And Bering Sea ice typically protects Chukchi Sea ice. When Bering Sea ice disappeared in February, open water seeped into the Chukchi Sea — an event that has probably only happened in one other winter on record. + National Snow and Ice Data Center Via Earther Images via Depositphotos and the National Snow and Ice Data Center

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Bering Sea ice is "at record low levels for this time of year"

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

May 12, 2014 by  
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It sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to build an 8,000+ mile railroad (sounds plausible) connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. that includes a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait! The plan was announced in China’s state-run newspaper, the Beijing Times , and apparently Russia is already on-board with the plan. While it would be nice to travel from China to America in two days without setting foot in a single airport, engineers around the globe are skeptical. Read the rest of China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bering Strait undersea train , China high speed train , China transportation project , China undersea train , China underwater train , China-Russia-Canada-America rail line , Under-Sea Train to the United States , undersea train , undersea train linking china and america

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Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

May 12, 2014 by  
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Renzo Piano ’s The Shard in London is giving guests more than they bargained for. Because of a design flaw in the glassy skyscraper, guests at the Shangri-La Hotel have been able to see the reflection of private spaces in neighboring rooms that should be hidden from view. When the lights are on at night in Europe’s tallest building , angled reflections from the windows provide a clear view of other guests – in their bedrooms. Read the rest of Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Embarrassing Views , Europe’s tallest building , green design , renzo piano , Shangri-La Hotel London , sustainable design , the shard , The Shard design flaw , Voyeuristic Views

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Russia Green Lights $65 Billion Siberia-Alaska Rail and Tunnel to Bridge the Bering Strait!

August 23, 2011 by  
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In what could certainly be one of the boldest infrastructure developments ever announced, the Russian Government has given the go-ahead to build a transcontinental railway linking Siberia with North America. The massive undertaking would traverse the Bering Strait with the world’s longest tunnel – a project twice the length of the Chunnel between England and France. The $65 billion project aims to feed North America with raw goods from the Siberian interior and beyond, but it could also provide a key link to developing a robust renewable energy transmission corridor that feeds wind and tidal power across vast distances while linking a railway network across 3/4 of the Northern Hemisphere. Read the rest of Russia Green Lights $65 Billion Siberia-Alaska Rail and Tunnel to Bridge the Bering Strait! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bering Strait railway , green energy transmission , high speed rail system , russian rail way expantion , Russian railway , Siberian Alaska railway , tidal power , transcontinental railway , world longed proposed tunnel

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