As Arctic Sea Ice Melts, Experts Expect New Low

As Arctic Sea Ice Melts, Experts Expect New Low. New York Times.

After a harder than usual winter in 2007-8, climate change skeptics were hailing the winter refreezing of the Arctic Ocean, and even suggesting global cooling was underway because there were not enough sunspots. . . as though ice shelves thousands of years old refreeze in one winter.

But now the reality in September.

Climate Change: Ice Chunk the Size of Manhattan Splits from Canadian Glacier. Scientific American

Related. Sunday. Sept. 7. Editorial in the New York Times. John McCain’s Energy Follies

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Unanticipated effects of using gall-flies to control spotted knapweed

We have talked a lot about knapweed on this forum because of its negative consequences for wildlife habitat.

Biocontrol has been pushed as an alternative to herbicides, but this is bad news.

“ScienceDaily (Sep. 5, 2008) — Biocontrol agents, such as insects, are often released outside of their native ranges to control invasive plants.”

Read the rest below.

Biocontrol Insect Exacerbates an Invasive Weed.

I should add that deer mice are also the primary carriers of hantavirus.

It should also be noted that many other kinds of biocontrols are being used on knapweed, not gall-flies alone.

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A good related letter on elk, deer, moose, wolves and knapweed. Missoulian. “Knapweed is also taking a toll on deer, elk.

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Yellowstone Park visits high in August

Yellowstone numbers strong for August. By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole News and Guide.

The bad economy and high gas prices have not reduced visits to Yellowstone.