US Climate Risks: Rising Wildfire Costs, Farmland Loss, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Planetary Warming Will Cost US In Fire And Farmland says a new study,reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast. Global warming could increase the cost of U.S. wildfires by $60 billion a year.

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The same warming trends will shrink the snowpack that feed the spigots of California’s Central Valley, whose worsening drought is described vividly in National Geographic, and where residents’ wells are drying up as farmers sink deeper pipes in pursuit of a falling water table.

OO Coca Cola, Heinz, Other Major Food Companies Warn
Climate Change Threatens Business

OO In Washington D.C., Record-Breaking Floods Could Happen Yearly

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Despite the colors on this map, it isn’t a rosy picture of the world. NASA

OO NASA: Hottest August Globally Since Records Began In 1880 – the globe just keeps warming.

OO Natural Disasters Displaced 22 Million People Last Year,
3 Times More Than War
– floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and other hazards now cause twice as many people to lose their homes as in the 1970s.

OO Pakistan: 150,000 Stranded Kashmiris Face Disease Outbreak After Historic Floods

Restricting Personal Freedom:

OO Southern California Heat Wave Forces Schools To Cancel Outdoor Activities

OO Oregon: Residents Warned To Avoid River
After Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom

Heat, drought and extreme rainfall could make harmful algal blooms like this more common.

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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