World Climate Change Risks: coral calamity, Greenland melt, and More!

OO Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

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Credit D. Dixson

OO El Niño 2014 Could Spell Disaster for Coral Reefs

OO Intact Amazon Forests Show Possible Signs Of Global Warming Impact

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Ecosystems such as rainforests provide valuable services. Wikipedia.

Global Environmental Damage May Cost More Than US GDP says a new study, reports Mongabay.com. It added up all the world’s ecosystem services – from carbon storage and crop pollination, to recreation and flood mitigation – and found, every year, nature provides $145 trillion in benefits.

It also indicates that land use changes, most of which has been caused by humans, may be reducing these benefits by trillions of dollars every year.

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Extreme heat and drought have contributed to an increase in devastating wildfires in Australia. Credit: 80 trading 24 at Wikimedia Commons

OO Australia: Record Heat Tied to Global Warming

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 this year!) 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.

 

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte

 

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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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