Rising Climate Risks: Flooding, Transport Threats, and More!


There will be a point when high tide flooding will be more than a nuisance for Miami.
Via floridatrend.com

OO Tidal ‘Flooding’ Rising In US Coastal Cities As Sea Level Inches Up


Global Heating Threatens US Transport: Roads, Ports and Planes – transport could be both a cause and a casualty of climate change, a new report says,reports Bobby Magill at Climate Central. Transport is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, but the resulting climate change will wash away bridges and roads, make flying more expensive, soften highways in heat waves, and more.

Colorado River itself gets pretty dry, but the basin is also suffering a dramatic loss of groundwater.

Colorado River Basin Suffering Shocking Water Loss in its groundwater, says a new study, reports Jeff Spross at Climate Progress, with the fastest depletion in the latest year with data, 2013. The basin supplies water to 40 million people and 4 million acres of cropland across California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and Colorado. The loss has major ramifications for supply food for the US – think spiking food and water prices.

OO CA: Salmon Are Dying As Salmon River Gets Too Hot – poached salmon, anyone?


As The Planet Heats, More People Will Go Hungry, Thirsty says a new study,reports Emily Atkin at Climate Progress. A million people are hungry and without drinking water in inner China due to extreme heat and drought, and such tableaus will be magnified worldwide, scientists conclude, as rising temperatures and ozone pollution increasingly harm crop yields.


Photo: CIAT at flickr

OO Rising Temperatures Harm India’s Wheat Crop

OO Sahel Food Shortage As Climate Change Further Threatens Crops say studies.


OO Europe: Habitat and Wildlife Are Vulnerable to Climate Change says a new study.

OO Five Ways Climate Change Harms Indigenous People from the Arctic to the Amazon and beyond.

Photo: Esteban Cobo/EPA

OO As Arctic Ice Melts, Giant Waves Form in Expanding Waters – house-sized ones were measured in recent storms.

Extreme Weather:

OO People Die As Phoenix Sets Temperature Records In Arizona Extreme Heat Wave – “More people die from heat than any other weather event.”

OO Japan: 11 Die, 1000s Sicken As Temperatures Reach 101 Degrees


Lightning strikes the windy city. Credit Barry Butler at Twitter.

OO Chicago: Increased Storms Flood Nearly 600 Buildings With Sewage in 2013 – as climate change effects overwhelm the ancient sewer system there.

OO Boston: Tornado Hits Nearby As Cold Air Invades US Again A tornado touches down north of Boston as another blast of colder-than-normal air invades the eastern U.S

OO Late July Chill Helps Set Record Lows Across Eastern US

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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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