Hottest Year to Date, Drought Spawns Water Thieves, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 1, 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 World Policy Makers Need to Mind the Carbon Emissions Gap widening between actions needed to avert a 2C warming, and ever rising carbon emissions.

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These estimated oceanic acidity maps of 1800, 2020 and 2100 show how the oceans are set to become dangerously acidic just decades from now, as they lose the ability to buffer all the acidifying carbon dioxide entering them.

You can watch the animation here — note how the oceans redden around 2050 or so, right around the time your kids are grown and growing families of their own…
Credit Tobias Friedrich/University of Hawaii

OO 40 Years of Data Now Show How Fast Our Oceans Are Acidifying – providing a needed benchmark against which to measure the progressive acidification of the world’s oceans.

What WILL Survive in Hot, Acidic Oceans? Cocclithophores … plankton soup, anyone?
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OO The One-Two Punch of Climate Change, a video by Tanya Dodgen illustrates just how much our coral reefs are endangered by climate change, which includes David Attenborough.

OO Hottest October And Year To Date On Record Globally, NOAA Reports– with the recent US Arctic cold surge a mere blip of the overall global picture of an ever warming planet.

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NASA

OO Growing Evidence: Global Warming Is Driving Crazy Winters as in the craziness the US just experienced, say meteorologists.

OO Arctic Faces An Ice-Pocalypse – think thick ice coating roads, homes, and pastures, dead reindeer, no radio transmissions, and flights canceled for days. Get ready for more as Arctic extremes occur more frequently.

OO Huge, Hidden Cost Of Protecting Homes From The Rising Sea will be borne by insurance companies willing to insure homeowners or the homeowners themselves. The costs are already rising.

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No more of these cute fellers? Sea otters are endangered by climate change, too.Wikipedia.

OO Over 1,400 Endangered Species Are Threatened By Climate Change,
Says New ‘Red List’

OO Climate Change Threatens To Melt Icons Of Glacier Natl Park

Social Repercussions:

OO Retired US Navy Admiral Warns Of Climate Change Conflicts

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Warming climes allow the spread of mosquitoes – and the diseases they carry. Credit James Gathany

OO More Than Ebola, Other Tropical Diseases Pose Growing Threat To USand climate change is enabling the spread of all 3 diseases by increasing the range of the mosquitoes that carry them – but climate change is never mentioned in the article. Hmmmm…

OO Report: Global Warming Could Undercut Efforts To End Poverty

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One of many poignant signs in California these days. Source: Facebook

OO California’s Drought Gets Personal:
Portable Showers, Rain Barrels, And Sewage Water

OO California Water: Thieves Just Can’t Get Enough

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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