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    Well-Preserved Cave Bear Discovered in Russia’s Melting Arctic Permafrost

    Reindeer herders in Russia's Arctic have discovered what scientists say is the first-ever cave bear carcass with soft tissues intact in the region's rapidly thawing permafrost.


    The Ice Age-era animal is believed to have lived between 22,000 and 39,500 years ago, Russias North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) said in a statement Monday. Previously, the university said they have come across only the skulls and bones of the prehistoric species that became extinct around 15,000 years ago.

    Today this is the first and only find of its kind a whole bear carcass with soft tissues, scientist Lena Grigorieva said.


    It is completely preserved, with all internal organs in place including even its nose, Grigorieva added. This find is of great importance for the whole world.


    The herders found the well-preserved remains on the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago 4,500 kilometers northeast of Moscow in Russias Far North.


    Radiocarbon analysis is needed to narrow down the cave bears age, said Maxim Cheprasov, senior researcher at the Mammoth Museum in Russias northern republic of Sakha.


    Permafrost melt in Siberia has led to the discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinos, Ice Age foal, puppies and cave lion cubs in recent years.


    Scientists say complete skeletons of extinct animals are relatively rare finds.


    Russias Arctic and Siberian regions, already warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world, are facing a historic summer heat wave accompanied by wildfires, fuel spills, crop failures and more.


    Climate scientists warn that melting permafrost in these regions could release mass amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, further accelerating climate change.

    Well-Preserved Cave Bear Discovered in Russia’s Melting Arctic Permafrost - The Moscow Times

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    Russia’s Arctic and Siberian regions, already warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world, are facing a historic summer heat wave accompanied by wildfires, fuel spills, crop failures and more.
    Who cares?

    That's a genuine question. No-one seems to, East or West, North or South.

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    Yes,but finding a complete bear is pretty cool

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    So every cares about the bear and not what led to it being found I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    So every cares about the bear and not what led to it being found I mean.
    Climate changes. The earth circles the sun. And TD nutters nut.

    Not much to get in a tizzy about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Climate changes. The earth circles the sun. And TD nutters nut.

    Not much to get in a tizzy about.
    So fuck the planet, as long as we find a few whole bears.

    Makes sense.

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    Here's the 'good news bear' to cheer harry up a bit:

    Irrefutable NASA data: global fires down by 25 percent

    Using satellite technology, NASA determined that between 2003 and 2019, global fires have dropped by roughly 25 percent. This makes the “climate change is worsening wildfires” argument completely moot.

    From NASA Earth Observatory
    The control of fire is a goal that may well be as old as humanity, but the systematic monitoring of fire on a global scale is a much newer capability.
    In the 1910s, the U.S. Forest Service began building fire lookout towers on mountain peaks in order to detect distant fires. A few decades later, fire-spotting airplanes flew onto the scene. Then in the early 1980s, satellites began to map fires over large areas from the vantage point of space.
    Over time, researchers have built a rich and textured record of Earth’s fire activity and are now able to analyze decadal trends. “The pace of discovery has increased dramatically during the satellite era,” said James Randerson, a scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “Having high-quality, daily observations of fires available on a global scale has been critical.”
    The animation above shows the locations of actively burning fires on a monthly basis for nearly two decades. The maps are based on observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. The colors are based on a count of the number (not size) of fires observed within a 1,000-square-kilometer area. White pixels show the high end of the count—as many as 30 fires in a 1,000-square-kilometer area per day. Orange pixels show as many as 10 fires, while red areas show as few as 1 fire per day.
    Irrefutable NASA data: global fires down by 25 percent - Nexus Newsfeed

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    From kmart's post above:

    Using satellite technology, NASA determined that between 2003 and 2019, global fires have dropped by roughly 25 percent. This makes the “climate change is worsening wildfires” argument completely moot.

    “The pace of discovery has increased dramatically during the satellite era,


    I don't have an opinion regarding climate change as it is so difficult to actually
    quantify.
    However I would be a little wary of comparing information that was gained or measured in a changing way and then say it is irrefutable.

    I suppose Donald would be all over it as with his theory that if the US didn't test so much then there wouldn't be so many covid cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    Here's the 'good news bear' to cheer harry up a bit:

    Irrefutable NASA data: global fires down by 25 percent - Nexus Newsfeed
    You really should read your links before you post them. Then you won't look so silly.

    As populations have increased in fire-prone regions of Africa, South America, and Central Asia, grasslands and savannas have become more developed and converted into farmland. As a result, long-standing habits of burning grasslands (to clear shrubs and land for cattle or other reasons) have decreased, explained NASA Goddard Space Flight scientist Niels Andela. And instead of using fire, people increasingly use machines to clear crops.


    “There are really two separate trends,” said Randerson. “Even as the global burned area number has declined because of what is happening in savannas, we are seeing a significant increase in the intensity and reach of fires in the western United States because of climate change.”

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