Rising Risks: Rising Food Insecurity, Worsening Storms, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Dec 22, 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 enough rain from reaching California, where the drought continues.

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

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Peruvian potatoes are imperiled by climate change. Milagros Salazar IPS

OO Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

OO UN: Drought In Central America Has Pushed 2.5m People Into Food Insecurity

OO Climate Change In Nicaragua Pushes Farmers Into Uncertain World

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OO Earth Faces Sixth ‘Great Extinction’ As a growing human population and climate change eats away vital habitats.

OO Peru’s Melting Glaciers A Deadly Threat As Temperatures Rise – with up to 40% of ice lost, water is filling existing lakes to the brim and spawning hundreds of new ones.

OO Developing Countries Need A Lot More Investment To Adapt To Climate Change

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Endless Summer Ending? The world’s beaches are disappearing from human development and climate change. Wikipedia.

OO World’s Beaches Being Washed Away Due To Coastal Developmentincreasing, and ever higher sea walls to defend against fierce winter storms and rising sea levels, say two of the worlds’ leading marine geologists.

OO Rising Sea Levels Could Make Florida Residents ‘Climate Refugees’

OO Waters Warm, And Cod Catch Ebbs In Maine

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A special regional soup in Vietnam features the area’s cultured prawns. Thy Khue Ly at Flickr

OO Under Current Practices and Climate Change, Aquaculture Boom Is Unsustainable

OO Australia: National Agency Warns Of ‘$1 Trillion’ Natural Disasters Exposure

Nature’s Repercussions:

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Note that the size of super typhoon Usagi is as large as the Philippines. NOAA

OO Warm Ocean Waters Boosting Typhoons, Record Heat

OO Reindeer Populations Declining Due To Climate Change, study finds.

California Dryin’:

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A casuality of the road. fishermansdaughter at Flickr

OO California Animal Deaths Spike On Sierra Roads As Drought Hits Habitat sending bears and deer especially loping across roads and highways this fall, apparently searching for scarce food.

OO California’s Drought Probably Wasn’t Caused By Climate Change – But Worsened By It indicates new research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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OO Storm Pounds CA, But To The Drought, Just A Spritz

OO California Needs 11 Trillion Gallons of Water to Recover from Drought– ummm, that’s 11,000,000,000,000 gallons.

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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