Ostrich does its impression of American politicians by Lorentey at flickr.com

It’s the first day of Summer so good to know the latest bad news as Republicans try to out strip-mine each other on climate change and Democrats shrug their shoulders while our environment continues to fall apart.

Surface temperatures in the Arctic since 2005 have been higher than for any five-year period since record keeping began in 1880, according to a new report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, an international group within the Arctic Council that monitors the Arctic environment and provides advice on Arctic environmental protection…Temperatures in the Arctic permafrost have risen by up to 3.5 degrees in the past two to three decades

There’s a lot of methane in permafrost which is released as it the temperature rises, which only makes climate change accelerate.

Meanwhile,

If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world’s oceans aren’t curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report.

So awesome, I’m waiting for John McCain to blame immigrants.