NASA : Arctic Is The Canary In The Coal Mine

“The Arctic is critical to understanding global climate,” he said. “Climate change is already happening in the Arctic, faster than its ecosystems can adapt. Looking at the Arctic is like looking at the canary in the coal mine for the entire Earth system.”

NASA – Is a Sleeping Climate Giant Stirring in the Arctic?

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  1. tckev says:

    97% of canaries want out of the mine.

  2. Jimbo says:

    The Arctic is not the canary in the coal mine. 🙂

    Time Magazine – July 11, 2008
    “The corals will be the canary in the coal mine in terms of the effect climate change will have on our oceans.”

    The Economist – Nov 11th 2004
    Like a canary in a coal mine, the hyper-sensitive polar regions may well experience the full force of global warming before the rest of the planet does.

    WCTV – Aug 08, 2009
    In a telephone interview with CNN, Josberger called the unprecedented glacial melt the “canary in the coal mine.

    ENS – July 13, 2009
    He told the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, “Our national park units can serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine,…

    Orange County Register – Aug. 13, 2010
    “That glacier is a little bit like a canary in a coal mine,” he said. “In the northern part of Greenland there are a lot of elements that make it sensitive to climate change.”

    Phys.Org – July 1, 2008
    Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for potentially catastrophic changes in the world’s oceans,…..

    Anorak – 11th, January 2011
    …….Australia’s minister for the environment and water resources, Malcolm Turnbull,was telling the world that Perth was the “canary in the climate change coal mine,” a city scrambling to find other sources of water for a growing population.

    Brisbane Times – April 7, 2007
    The Great Barrier Reef could be dead in 20 years …….Prof Hoegh-Guldberg said the reefs were like a “canary in a coal mine” for other vulnerable areas of the environment,…..

    Parsons Behle & Latimer- Summer 2007
    The Canary Initiative was so named because the City of Aspen views itself, and other communities which are economically dependent on winter snow for recreation and summer snow pack for water supply, as the “canary in the coal mine” of global warming.

    WWF – 21 August 2003
    American pikas are like the ‘canary in the coal mine’ when it comes to climate change,” said Dr Catarina Cardoso, Head of WWF-UK’s Climate Change Programme.

    The China Post – April 12, 2007
    “In relation to global warming, the wine industry is the canary in the coal mine because it’s one of the most sensitive indicators of climate change,” said Richard Smart, a respected viticulturist and author on wine grape growing. – January 11, 2006
    Because amphibians have highly permeable skin and spend a portion of their life in water and on land, they are sensitive to environmental change and can act as the proverbial “canary in a coal mine,”

    Monterey County Herald – February 10, 2009
    Birds shifting north, study shows
    WASHINGTON — When it comes to global warming, the canary in the coal mine isn’t a canary at all. It’s a purple finch.

    The Toronto Sun – March 13, 2009
    “People went down the coal mine and they used a canary as a barometer of when the air quality in there was bad,” Ewins said yesterday. “This is what the polar bear is, it’s the canary in the global coal mine.”

    GREENandSAVE, LLC – 14th January 2010
    It did provide a focus for what we were seeing. Obviously Tuvalu is the canary in the coal mine for climate change.

    Hollywood Reporter – 3/28/2012
    The Maldives is the canary in the world’s carbon coal mine…..

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Aug 29, 1996
    Butterflies flee to beat the heat
    “It is an excellent climate sensor – a canary in a coal mine.””….

    Scientific American Guest Blog – January 20, 2012
    The Canary in the Himalayas

    Grist – 10 Dec 2009
    Just as Australia is the proverbial canary in the coal mine for the environmental affects of climate change, a national election waged over cap-and-trade will….

    Nature – 16 April 2009
    “”The mountain pine beetle outbreak and the climate signal associated with it is the canary in the coal mine about future disturbances. It’s caused jurisdictions to perk up and take notice,” says Carroll.”

    Eureka – 27-Jul-2011
    “”The 2007 fire was the canary in the coal mine,” Mack said. “In this wilderness, hundreds of miles away from the nearest city or source of pollution,”

    Thomasville Times Enterprise – October 23, 2009
    Developing countries around the world are vulnerable to more frequent and severe droughts or flooding, and increased insect-borne disease. The carbon contribution from these people is miniscule and yet they are the “canary in the coal mine.”

    NBC News – 11 Mar 2013
    Canary in a coal mine
    The entire population of Emperor penguins, Chinstraps and Adelies live in Antarctica — if the ice continues to retreat those species are at risk…. – Apr 02, 2013
    Agriculture is the canary in the coal mine for climate change. This has been true throughout human history and we see it today with commodities like maple sugar and honey,…

    USA Today – March 28, 2013
    “Once we had the canary in the coal mine; now we have the oyster in the ocean,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says….

    Forbes – 4/04/2013
    As Ric Rhinehart, executive director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, puts it, “Coffee is the canary in the coal mine for climate change.”

    Pacific Sun – March 18, 2013
    If so, the canary in the coal mine might turn out to be a mussel in a tide pool.

    USA Today – 11/25/2006
    Appalachian Trail could be ‘canary in coal mine’ for eastern U.S.

    The New Zealand Herald – Oct 12, 2005
    “The Amazon is a canary in a coal mine for the earth. As we enter a warming trend we are in uncertain territory,” he said. – Sep 22, 2010
    The walrus serves as a similar indicator as a canary in a coal mine.

    The Active Times – Mar 01, 2013
    Moose are “the canary in the coal mine,” Doug Inkley, a senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, told USA Today.

    Public News Service – February 6, 2013
    The New England lobster, under threat from disease and invasive species, may be the “canary in the coal mine” of climate disruption, according to a new report….

    Canadian Press – May 8, 2009
    Shrimp can provide valuable insight into broad changes in the marine ecosystem, according to a new study that found the spindly crustaceans serve as canaries in the coal mine when it comes to warming waters and the health of fish stocks.

    Natural Resources Defense Council – May 14, 2010
    Lizards – the next canary in the global warming coal mine

    Huffington Post – November 19, 2009
    Bats: The New Canary in the Coal Mine?

    San Diego Coastkeeper – 9 September 2010 08
    Like a canary in a coal mine, this plankton is very sensitive to contaminants in the water. When the phytoplankton gets stressed or dies, the amount of light emitted is reduced,…

    USA Today – 5/30/2005
    Gray wolves could emerge as a “canary in the coal mine” of global warming by suggesting how climate change will affect species around the world, researchers say.

  3. SMS says:

    The upper to middle troposphere and the Arctic/Antarctic are where the globe should be warming the fastest due to the low water vapor content. These are the real “canaries”. Problem is; the canary is doing just fine and the warmists are beside themselves. They will take any sign that the Arctic is melting as proof of AGW. If ice extent and thickness were at all time highs and they found that the temperature was above normal just one second in one day during the winter; this would be the sign they were looking for. They will grasp at anything and claim it’s AGW. And the media will jump on the shark to blindly support the message.

  4. Pathway says:

    So many canaries living in coal mines. Who knew. If we shut down coal mines where will the canaries live?

  5. B.C. says:

    How, exactly, is it even possible for anything so horrendous to happen (other than the planet’s host star exploding, massive meteor impact, etc.) “faster than the ecosystem can adapt”? If something happens to an ecosystem, other than being completely vaporized, there will always be organisms, both flora and fauna, that will take advantage of the situation and become, as Obongo’s minions are so fond of saying, “The New Normal”.

    Someone should ask these morons if, by “faster than the ecosystem can adapt”, they mean “the fur seals can’t cope with the poley bear population explosion”.

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