Rising Climate Change Risks: Yucky Shrimp, Floods, Droughts, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 4, 2015

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 eastern 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, continuing its long 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.

Natural Repercussions:

OO Earth Could Lose Its Summer Thermal Shield by 2020 (yeah, in 5 years) say experts; an ice-free summer Arctic Ocean would significantly add to global heating, as dark waters absorb the heat from 24-hour sunlight that ice once reflected.

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Credit: Dan Norton

OO ‘Doomed’ Corals To Face Worst Bleaching In Decades – as a trade wind cycle winds down in the next few years, accelerating warming and ocean acidification. A recent UN report estimated that warming ocean climes, ocean acidification, and the resulting bleaching events will cost the world economy over a trillion dollars in various resources and services by 2100.

Social Repercussions:

OO UK: Almost 7,000 Properties To Be Sacrificed To Rising Seas over the next century with no compensation to owners, as it becomes too costly to protect them.

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As climate warms, the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever spread ever farther afield.
Credit James Gathany

OO Dengue Fever Could Spread to Europe say UN researchers, and expand in South America and Africa due to climate change and urbanization.

OO Malaysia: “Unusually Strong” Rain Causes Worst Flooding in Decades;
100,000+ Flee

OO Irreversible But Not Unstoppable:
The Ghost Of Climate Change Yet To Come

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K. M. Chaudary/Associated Press

OO The Extreme Weather And Climate Events Of 2014 In 13 Photosmeteorologically speaking, 2014 saw record heat, record snow, record flooding, record drought, rising sea levels and super typhoons — and extreme climate events are expected to continue unless humans take action to reduce emissions.

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These deadly twins devastated parts of Nebraska in June 2014. See the video here.
Mashable at twitter

OO U.S. Could See Damage Of $1.1 Trillion Through 2100
From Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge

OO Land-Based Ice Is Melting Faster Than Thought
— Raising Sea Levels Faster, Too
– as in Greenland and Antarctic glaciers.

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Research indicates that the wonderful flavor of shrimp decreases as the water in which they grow becomes more acidic. Wikipedia

OO The Taste of Climate Change Coming Soon: Yucky Shrimp – say researchers, who raised the bad tasting shrimp in acidified waters, like those that are expected to occur in the near future; the seafood economy is likely to suffer.

OO Acidic Oceans Threaten World’s Mussels – and seafood palates.

California Dryin’:

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Wildlife is getting killed as they cross roads more in search of scarce food in California. fishermansdaughter at flickr

OO California’s Drought Is Threatening Its Wildlife as animals flee their homes and risk their lives in search of food.

OO Once Desert Springs Are Now Dry As California’s drought continues.

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Marzipan Memories Fading? Almonds are a key ingredient in marzipan. Crowbot at Wikimedia Commons

OO Water Source For Almonds In California May Run Dry – drying up the $11 billion boost to the state economy.

OO Lost California Rangeland Poses Greenhouse Gas Risk – as destruction from human activities replaces these carbon storage systems with ones that emit greenhouse gases.

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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