Rising Risks: Houses Sinking Into Melting Permafrost, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 28, 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, 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.

Social Repercussions:

OO New York, Other Big US Cities Face More Power Outages
From Climate Change

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Flooding in Colorado.Credit Nathan Cheta at Instagram

OO Tipping Point Nears for ‘Emerging Flooding Crisis’ – much sooner than previously thought, says a new study.

By 2050, sea level rise will create monthly flooding in more than two dozen cities, and in some of those cities, it could be daily by the 2070s.

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A house sinking into the melting permafrost. Credit Bee Wuethrich

OO Alaska: Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure, Homes as much of the ground beneath them, stripped of natural cover and warming up from the Brooks Range south, is becoming unstable.

OO Bad News For Florida:
Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Much Faster
than previously thought, say two new studies.

OO Climate Changes, Habitat Loss Cited As Threats To 300+ Bird Species

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OO Europe’s 500 Year Record Heat Directly Tied to Climate Change – say 3 different studies from different countries.

OO Persistent Warming Driving Big Arctic Changes – and in the lower 48, too, as the Arctic continues to heat twice as fast as the rest of the world..

OO Australia: Drought Hits Queensland Milk Supplies

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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