Climate Change Affects Elderly, Ups Extinction, and More!



Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 6, 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: despite the rain reaching California, it is still in the depths of a severe 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.

Social Repercussions:


OO Climate Change Poses Deadly Threat To Elderly who are an expanding part of the population.

OO Climate Change Forces The Alps To Adapt By Moving Villages away from flooding, and contemplate defenses against landslides.

OO Water War Amid Brazil Drought Leads To Fight Over Puddles!


OO UN Climate Talks Begin As Global Temperatures Break Records

Endangered Nature:


Extinction Is Not A Pretty Picture: many beautiful animals and plants face extinction from human activities, and the climate change that results from them.

OO Animal Extinctions From Climate Rival Asteroid Extinction of Dinosaurs

Starfish are disappearing as a wasting disease decimates them along the Pacific northwest coast.
Credit Jonathan Martin

OO Scientists: Climate Change Means Sicker World For Sea Life– rising temperatures likely will make ocean disease outbreaks worse in the future.

OO California: Large-Scale Die-Off Of Small Seabird Along Coast – starving as ocean warming decimates their food source, ocean krill.

OO Sharks To Decline Under Climate Change – as fewer sharks survive a warmer, more acid infancy, research indicates; bad news for magnificent creatures already endangered from overfishing.


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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