WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
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
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.
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
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.
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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