Rising Risks of Climate Change: Seas to drown homes of 1.5 Billion, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 15, 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 recent rains from the south, the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent enough rain from reaching California, keeping it in 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.

OO Climate Has Made the Earth Hotter, Weirder – It’s gotten hotter, more polluted with heat-trapping gases, more crowded and just downright wilder.

Rising Seas:

OO Major Deltas, Home To 1.5 Billion People, ‘Could Be Drowned.’

Overheating:

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Wikipedia.

OO Deadly Heat in Europe 10x More Likely Than Decade Ago

OO Australia: With Climate Change, Hotter, More Fire Danger Days

OO Melting Of Andes Glaciers Threatens Andean Countries

More Extreme Effects:

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Weather.com

OO Philippines Official On Typhoon Hagupit:
‘The Impacts Of Climate Change Are Beyond Our Capacity’
– the latest in a series of extreme typhoons to hit the country, it destroyed 1,000 homes, and killed people.

OO Coyote Booms, Bear Attacks: Climate Change Is Wreaking Havoc On Animal Kingdom

California Dryin’

OO Global Warming Heat Turbocharged California’s Epic Drought

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Facebook

OO California Drought The Worst In 1,200 Years,
New Study Says
– but current rains will offer little relief.

OO Drought Dries Rural California Wells,
Residents Carry Water In Buckets.
– and current rains will wet the ground but not fill those wells.

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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