One flight path into Logan Airport in Boston takes you over the water.  On a clear day, it’s actually quite thrilling as you watch yourself descending over the ocean, seemingly no land in sight. But it’s an illusion, and at the last minute the runway comes into view and you land on terra firma. I can’t wrap my brain around the image of all those runways being permanently submerged, but rising seas will make our coastline drastically different. Time to buy some future oceanfront property in…Haverhill??! Here’s some idea of what a future Boston might look like.

And if Logan is underwater, then it makes sense that the Worcester Airport will become the new Logan. They’ve figured that out in the future, too:

2038 Boston

Future. Coast.

There it is. I have a chronofact. My hands are still shaking. It’s one thing to see pictures, and hear the discovery stories from the other Coasters, to share tangentially in their joy and wonder at the implications of an actual artifact from a possible time to come. It’s quite another to hold that crystalline object in your hand, as if the TARDIS was a real thing and the Doctor had just popped around for tea and your world is changed forever. “Gallifrey” I said when Bets put it in my hands, and she laughed and said yep, I thought the same thing. It’s living time, a snapshot of a language writ in seconds and bits and science so close to magic it’s hard to tell the difference.

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I’ve been listening to the decoded voicemails from the last Chronofall, trying to understand what is happening in each one and the possible chain of events that might have led to that outcome.  pKnot has encouraged me to blog about my findings, so starting today I’m going to shift the focus of this blog to climate change as it is revealed in the chronofacts we find and decode, and as it relates to our lives in the current time.  This particular message struck me because our Antarctica is still mostly covered by snow and ice, and our Arizona is still mostly a dry and heated desert.

2063 Antarctica

But there is precedent here.  Cold snaps in the southwest are not some flight of fancy, and there is plenty of data on the rate of ice melting in Antarctica, for example. But could it ever be warm enough to swim? Perhaps you’ve heard of American distance swimmer, Lynne Cox, who actually swam briefly in those sub-zero waters. However, there’s some doubt our future heirs will all be hanging out on the Pine Island Bay beach. Which in no way diminishes the fact that Antarctica is not immune to climate change, and what happens there will have a decided impact on the rest of the globe. And don’t forget about the volcano.

Not so alone as we thought

The implications of this are just surreal.  There could be Earth-like planets out there, and a great number of them to boot!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/kepler-space-telescope-finds-earth-size-potentially-habitable-planets-are-common/2013/11/04/49d782b4-4555-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html

For a science fiction fan like myself, there’s so many tantalizing questions–are they empty and ready for colonization, like in Asimov’s Foundation universe? Or are they populated with a large variety of intelligent species, worlds imagined in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, among others.

The Post seems to be behind the news a bit, though. Bad Astronomer writes with the same kind of giddy excitement I’m feeling, but from 2011!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2011/02/02/motherlode_of_potential_planets_found_more_than_1200_alien_worlds.html

Between this and the hunt for chronofacts, I’m pretty sure I can hear my synapses sizzling.