Rising Risks of Climate Change: India Boils, Corn Cuts, and More!

RISING RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Economic Damage From Future Climate Change Is Grossly Underestimated by most economic models says a new study by the reputable British climate change economist Lord Nicholas Stern, reports Jeff Spross atClimate Progress. Current models pay too little attention to climate sensitivity and certain extreme risks. Time to get real on how climate change will effect economies!

OO Past ‘Pause’ In Global Warming Based On Bad Data – GW Continued Unabated – yup, there has been no pause… much as we all might wish there had been one….

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Wikipedia.

Climate Change Threatens US Corn Industry: Heatwaves and water shortages could devastate US farmlands devoted to corn, a new report warns,writes Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian. The report reinforces earlier similar warnings from UN climate scientists and the National Climate assessment.

Trillions of dollars are potentially at stake, since corn touches on almost every aspect of the US economy. Popcorn, anyone?

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An Indian farmer awaits monsoon rains for his drought stricken rice field. Credit Manoj Deka’Corbis


2014 El Nino Likely to Cause:
Hunger in India,
Further Australian Droughts,
South American Pacific Fisheries Collapse

report Damian Carrington et al the UK Guardian. Continued global warming is predicted to worsen the El Nino weather cycles. Observations indicate the 2014 El Nino will be equal to or stronger than the 1997-98 one, which devastated coral reefs worldwide.

Some countries are already hoarding water and food supplies. The expected weakening of the Indian monsoons, crucial for crops, has already begun.

The US west is expected to gain some much needed precipitation, and indeed, rain has fallen in the Gunnison area of the western Colorado Rockies during June, which tends to be a dry month there. Rain has also occurred in Santa Fe in June, which is also to be expected under an El Nino influence.

OO Indian Heat Wave Claims Hundreds Of Lives

OO Record-Breaking Heat Grips India, Causing Blackouts And Riots

In the US:

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Credit Matt Granzcourt via twitter Sacramento National Weather Service

OO Wildfire Near California’s Sequoia National Forest Forces 500 Evacuations

OO Drought Threatens Golfing Greens, Says USGA 

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For more in-depth coverage of the issues, click here.

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OO Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

OO Oakland Sewer System At Risk From Sea Rise

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OO Daddy, Could We Have Our Planet Back Now? a father’s day essay, by a father.

Around the World:

OO Canada: Tar Sands Development Is Killing Birds, New Study Finds – as vital boreal nurseries are destroyed.

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Chinstrap penguins. Wikipedia.

OO Antarctica: Penguins Being Harmed by Climate Change

OO Flooding from Heavy Rains in Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay:

Roaring Video Shows Record Flood at Brazil’s Iguazu Falls

OO Flooding In Nepal: Will The Economy Survive The Deluge?Devastating flooding is becoming more frequent as climate change creates more erratic rainfall.

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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