Crossing Nature, How Nature Gets Back, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Jan 25, 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 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.

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Nature’s Breaking Points: Humanity Has Crossed 4 Out Of 9 ‘Planetary Boundaries’ says a new study, reports Joel Achenbach at the Washington Post, beyond which we are destabilizing our environment and creating an unsafe future for humans in coming decades. The crossed boundaries are the extinction rate, deforestation, atmospheric CO2 levels, and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous into the oceans.

Although the paper mentions our exploding populations, the authors miss that for what it is: the most obvious crossed boundary of all, and the main force pushing us beyond other boundaries.

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An array of human ills, from allergies to depression will increase in a warming world and cause additional deaths, says the World Health Organization.

OO Seven Ways Climate Change Could Really Kill You include allergies, heart attacks, salmonella outbreaks, depression, malaria, diarrhea, heat exposure and malnutrition, all of which will increase as the world warms further, the World Health Organization warns.

Natural Repercussions:

OO Global Warming Linked To More Extreme Weather And Weaker Jet Stream – more directly than ever.

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Source Citizen Of Earth at DailyKos

Sea Levels Rising Much Faster Than Previously Thought says a new study,reports Seth Borenstein at the Sacramento Bee via AP. The study uses a new method showing that the rise during much of the 20th century was actually underestimated by about 30% — that is, the rise was slower.

But that means the rise since 1990 to present must be actually far faster to account for current levels. So, the current rise is much faster than previously estimated. Oh-oh.

Related Headline:

OO Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster Than Thought

OO Earth’s Fresh-Water Resources At Risk says a new study.

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High altitude forest in the Grand Canyon National Park. Credit Park Williams, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Dry Skies Literally Drying Out And Threatening US Southwest Forestsreports John Upton at Climate Central, say researchers. Due to drought, the skies are holding so much less water than they could that it is creating a lack of vapor pressure, known as a vapor pressure deficit.

This ends up pulling moisture out of the high altitude southwest forests atop plateaus and mountains. This, added to decreased snowpacks and higher temperatures, is behind ever worsening wildfire seasons there, and increasing loss of forests.

OO Alarm Over Siberian Sea Permafrost Thaw, Methane Leak where a Russian gas company plans to drill – just west of the peninsula where a giant sinkhole was discovered last summer, probably created from methane escaping the melting permafrost.

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Source: http://www.dcclothesline.com

OO Mass Die-Offs Of Fish, Birds, Mammals Increasing – some of which are consistent with climate change.

OO 2014 Was The Warmest Year Ever Recorded On Earth

OO Perennial Arctic Sea Ice Continues To Shrink – threatening the planetary summer thermal shield.

Human Repercussions:

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Source Facebook

OO CA: Drought Fears: Signs Of 4th Straight Dry Year – state and federal water officials sound the alarm, saying that more action will be needed to combat the continuing drought.

OO Los Angeles Basin: Far Higher GHG Methane Emissions Found

OO Fishing Industry Could Lose Up To $41 Billion Due To Climate Changesays a new study.

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A parasitic trematode worm, magnified. Wikipedia

OO Another Reason To Fear Climate Change: You May Get Worms – parasitic ones, like the ones that invade your skin in the tropics.

OO Asia: Climate Change Plagues Nepal In The Himalayan Mountains as melting glaciers deprive it of needed hydroelectric power and change weather, threatening food crops.

OO Pakistan: Climate Change Turning Mountain Communities Into Soup of Hazards – as hotter temperatures that melt glaciers, and heavier rains create far more flooding.

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Smog over the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Credit Brian Jeffrey Beggerly via wikimedia commons.

OO Airpocalypse Now: Beijing’s Toxic Smog Soars Off Charts. Again.

OO Africa: Global Warming Foments Extremism in Boko Haram – contributing to the ongoing violence.

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 in 2016!) 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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