Climate Risks: Extreme French Storm, 4th Largest Lake Dries, CA Ducks Dying, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 12, 2014

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is “caused” by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US and the waters surrounding it, are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures – not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats.

OO Ocean’s Surface Warming Much Faster Than Previously Thought – as previous sampling is found to be inaccurate.

OO Unchecked Warming To Dust-Bowlify Southwest, Central Plains, Amazon, Europe
For CENTURIES

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The effect on global warming on weather is clearly seen in heat waves and droughts.

OO In Extreme Weather, More Sign Of Human Fingerprints

Australian Heat Wave, Other Disasters Linked To Global Warming says a new study reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast. With the global warming links most clearly connected to droughts and heat waves.

California Dryin’

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Idaho Dept of Fish and Game

Drought Driving Botulism Epidemic Among Waterfowl – Many Thousands Dead reports Nate Schweber at Al Jazeera America. The drought has helped the toxic bacteria to explode, even as waterfowl concentrate in ever shrinking wet habitats, allowing the contagious disease spread that much faster.

OO California Faces A Record-Breaking October Heat Wave

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Folsom Lake: as the lakes in California dry up, so does the hydroelectric power they generate.
CA Dept of Water Resources

OO Drought Dries Up California Hydropower

OO Canada: Climate Change Affecting Forests ‘Faster Than The Global Average,’ says a government report.

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Viva La Blub-blub-blub-blub-blub…. is the new French song, as an extreme storm flooded Montpellier recently.

WxNick at Twitter

OO South France Floods From 10 Inches of Rain in 3 Hours

OO Humans, Climate, Drain 4th Largest Lake on Earth – and replacing a source of moderate climate with salty windblown dust for countries surrounding the inland Aral Sea.

New Max in Antarctic Ice Belies Continued Global Warming reports Andres Thompson at Climate Central. Besides a continually warming planet, the percentage increase in Antarctic ice is outstripped by the percentage loss of Arctic ice. Ice loss has far more climate impact than ice gain, say experts.

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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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One Response to Climate Risks: Extreme French Storm, 4th Largest Lake Dries, CA Ducks Dying, and More!

  1. cartoonmick says:

    Whatever action is taken to halt the droughts, it will take many years before it becomes effective.

    In the meantime we will have many years of water restrictions.

    Water conservation and waste prevention will become a major feature of our lives.

    A cartoon to illustrate where it may lead us to . . . .

    http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-910

    Cheers

    Mick

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