US Climate Change – Asthma, Flooding, Rising Prices, Unemployment, and More

US climate change today has many facets: more asthma, allergies, and heat strokes, reports Wendy Koch at USA Today.  Food and utility prices are rising. Flooding is overrunning infrastructures. People are losing jobs in drought-related factory closings. Cataclysmic storms are wiping out sprawling neighborhoods. Towns are sinking. Massachusetts’ climate will start to look more like North Carolina’s, and Illinois will begin to feel like Texas. These are the scenes playing out in the US today, and will get worse and more widespread as climate change continues, transforming how and where we live, work and play.  This year, USA Today will be focusing on how climate change is affecting people throughout the US. Losers will outnumber winners, as, for example, fewer deaths from warmer winters are outweighed by more sweltering summer deaths from heat stroke. Some adaptation will be possible initially, but will quickly become impossible as climate change gets worse.  Many climate scientists warn of potential catastrophe ahead. Ultimately, we have the technological solutions, such as solar and wind power, and new breakthroughs in storing and saving energy.  Will we mobilize in time? Stay tuned.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

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Why you should sweat climate change. More American children are getting asthma and allergies, and more seniors are suffering heat strokes. Food and utility prices are rising. Flooding is overrunning bridges, swamping subways and closing airport runways. This isn’t science-fiction, these scenes are already playing out throughout the United States USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/28/climate-change-remaking-america/1917169/

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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