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Last week was our first really hard week. Lots of homework due, lots of class planning and grading, additional non-homework classwork, then there’s the time spent just trying to figure out what is going on. It was truly an 80 hour work-week, culminating in one 18 hour homework cram session on Thursday.
Then this morning we had our first hard frost. Most of the leaves have fallen, and autumn is on its way out. It’s still getting into the 50’s and 60’s almost every day. We have been here 1 month and 1 day, and the weather has been absolutely perfect. It should be in the 40’s now, but its not. And don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a fluke. It is actually climate change, and I find it funny because it’s not really debated as much here as in the lower 48. The climate is changing at high latitudes really fast. Permafrost is melting, glaciers are disappearing and sea ice is shrinking, winters are getting milder, summers are getting hotter, coastal villages already have implemented relocation plans, etc.
It seems that in the lower 48, change is much slower and seems to come in a form of unpredictability. At high and low latitudes its just getting warmer. Here is what is really scary to me, others aren’t going to take this seriously until what is happening up here happens to them. By that time the world is going to be in a lot more hurt then it seems now.