Increased Lightning With Further Climate Change, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Nov 24, 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. Although some rain has reached California the eastern Pacific warm spot continues and so does the state’s 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 NASA, Other Data Show Globe Had Warmest October – making a string of 3 record-breaking hot months on the planet.

OO At This Rate, The World Will Have To Stop All Carbon Emissions In 2040
To Stay Under 2°C Warming says IEA; even as clean energy expands, so does the deadly practice of burning fossil fuels.

lightning strikes,a source climate central, ccr 252

Lightning Expected To Increase 50% With Global Warming says a new study,reports Science Daily. Lightning ground strikes are driven by deep explosive convection, mainly fueled by water vapor, which has been increasing as the atmosphere warms and absorbs it. With more lightning strikes, expect more death and destruction from lightning-caused wildfires, says Jeff Masters at Weather Underground.

KEEPING CARBON STORED: FORESTS UPDATE
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon

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OO Surprising Reasons To Be Optimistic About Saving Forests – the causes of deforestation are becoming more manageable, and new tools are coming online that will help conserve them.

OO Reducing Deforestation Is Good For Business argues a new report.

OO Leaf Bacteria Are Important To Tree Health and may help forests adapt to climate change.

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OO Only Place Where Rhinos, Tigers, Elephants, And Orangutans Coexist Is Under Threat

OO ‘Guns Kill Trees Too’:
Overhunting Raises Extinction Threat For Trees

OO ‘Militarized Occupation’: Local Communities Pay The Price For Palm Oil

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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