Rising Risks of Climate Change: Global Energy Systems Threatened, and More!

RISING RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Puts World’s Energy Systems at Risk a new report says,reports Fiona Harvey at the UK Guardian. Rising sea levels, extremes of weather and an increase in the frequency of droughts and floods will all play havoc with the world’s energy systems as climate change takes hold.

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Power plants and electricity distribution networks are particularly vulnerable to droughts and floods. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Generators from nuclear reactors to coal-fired power plants will feel the brunt of weather changes. Many large plants are particularly at risk from droughts, because they need water to cool their facilities, and floods, because they lack protection from sudden storms. Electricity distribution networks are also likely to be affected.

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The arctic jetstream is becoming wavier as polar ice disappears, and that waviness is fueling more extreme weather worldwide. NASA

Wavy Jetstream Fueling Extreme Weather new research shows, reportsBrian Kahn at Climate Central. The research showed that particularly wavy jetstream patterns were correlated with particularly extreme temperature and precipitation patterns. Previous research indicates that melting of Arctic ice is causing wavy disturbances in the jetstream.

OO Louisiana Is World’s Fastest Loser of Land from Climate Change says a recent US govt report, creating new environmental refugees.

It’s Getting Hot:

OO U.S. Seeing Red: Summer Temps Rise Nationally 

OO May 2014 Hottest On Planet Earth Since 1880

OO Hottest Spring On Record Globally, Reports Japan Meteorological Agency

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Arctic ice, vital habitat for polar bears, continues to disappear yearly, leaving them adrift. Credit Gerard Van Der Leun/Flickr.

OO Arctic Ice To Shrink 18 percent Below Average In 2014 predict scientists — not good news, since summer Arctic ice forms a major planetary heat shield, keeping it from heating even more…

OO Surface Melting Is Speeding Flow Of Greenland Glaciers

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Credit James Marvin Phelps/Flickr

Climate Change, El Nino Could Make 2014 Hottest Year on Record say climate change scientists, reports Sophie Yeo / at Responding to Climate Change. The prediction is based on sound physics and the latest El Nino 2014 predictions, a 90 percent chance of occurrence.

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El Nino typically starts to form with a massive buildup (red) of warm water in the eastern Pacific. Via UK Guardian , Climate Consensus

During an El Niño, the ocean releases its energy into the air, warming surface temperatures, and affecting weather patterns globally, including weaker Indian monsoons, and more Pacific hurricanes. It is devastating: The 1997 El Niño, the strongest ever, cost around US$ 35-45 billion in damage and caused around 23,000 deaths worldwide.

OO Atmosphere May Be Getting in Gear for El Niño 

OO May Days’ Heat To Set Up Record El Niño 

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A flooded corn field: 100,000+ acres of crops were lost recently from Midwest flooding. Credit FEMA

Midwest Receives Two Months Of Rainfall In One Week reports reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. 100,000 acres of crops have been lost in one Minnesota country alone from round after round of vicious storms, sweeping cattle out of the fields, forcing park closures and sending communities sandbagging.

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Drowned livestock. Source: Facebook

These record, “Hundred Year Floods” are happening more often and may be part of a larger pattern – that of climate change.

Crop loss and flooding in the midwest are part of a series the economic impacts predicted under climate change, as detailed in the regional interactive US map atRisky Business.

OO Rainstorms, Floods Plunge China Into Emergency Response

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Smoggy New Delhi. Credit AP Images

Billions Will Battle To Breathe By 2100 As World Warms says a new studyreports Joanna Foster at Climate Progress. The study looked at how climate change would create dangerously stagnant polluted air days. Over half the world will be suffering from an increase in them.

OO 
Uncivil War Brews Over Summer Flounder 
as they migrate away from the warming waters of one economy, to the cooler waters of another.

OO How Dusty Snow Could Ruin Your Salad – drought loosens the soil, wind deposits it on mountains, and there it helps melt snow far faster than farmers need it – leaving the farms dry later on when they do.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. 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

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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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