Climate Change Disrupts Bees, Ready for Rising Seas? and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 17, 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 switched suddenly to abnormally cold as a massive Arctic front moved in. This will happen increasingly often under climate change, as melting Arctic ice creates conditions that slow Arctic winds (the jetstream) and make their geographic patterns ever more wavy – with some of those big “waves” pushing Arctic cold deep into the US.

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California reservoirs remain low as the drought continues.

Meanwhile US waters and the far north are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures, with Alaska warmer than Texas on some days. 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.

Extreme Weather:

OO 2014 Will Go Down As Hottest In California’s History

OO Heat,Drought Worsen Smog In California, Stalling Decades Of Progress

Social Impacts:

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Wikipedia

OO From Bar Fights To Wars, Climate Change Will Make Us More Violent

OO Hostages Of Climate Change: Trapped Poor Populations – the range of climate change calamities projected by many scientists – from floods to heatwaves and rising seas -will take its heaviest toll on the poor.

OO US: ‘Nobody Is Truly Ready’ For Rise of Seas

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USDA at Flickr

OO China: Drought Ends Run Of Record Corn Harvests

OO UK: Drought And Flood Fears After Warm 2014

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OO Climate Change Disrupts Bee’s Pollination of Flowers – with increasingglobal temperatures to blame, says new research.

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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