Global Warming: the Blizzard Connection, the Sports Connection, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

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Gocomics.com

“whether an event is caused by climate change
… is the wrong question.
All weather events are affected by climate change
because the environment in which they occur
is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

Kenneth Trenberth in OO How to Relate Climate Extremes to Climate Change

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Climate Change Boosted New England’s Historic Blizzard reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. Global Warming-fueled, unusually warm sea surface temperatures provided a boost of moisture for the New England blizzard, just as it has for previous monster East Coast snow storms, a long term pattern in a warming world predicted by climate scientists.

Related Headline:

OO What A Warming World Means for Major Snowstorms

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OO Can being green help win Superbowls? Both teams this year are pioneering green initiatives and policies.

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OO Heat stroke, anyone? The Global Warming Sports Connection – besides delaying tennis matches due to intense heat, it is affecting the Iditarod in Alaska (low snow) and threatening outdoor ice hockey rinks. And they’ll be more connections.

Watch the Arctic Ice Cap Melt Over 28 Years in One Minute:

Arctic Ice Vomit: this really does look like an ocean vomiting ice… another sign that all is not well with nature… NOAA climate.gov

Takeaways:

<> as the ice goes, so does our summer planetary heat shield: darker water will absorb far more heat than the white ice that once covered it. And you know what that means.

<> remaining ice is much thinner, so ice cover will disappear much faster.

Related headlines:

OO An Arctic Ice Cap’s Shockingly Rapid Slide Into The Sea

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Noted photographer Camille Seaman documents the unfolding disaster of global warming on ice.

OO Our Polar Regions Are Simply Melting Away – The Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on Earth, and snow and ice cover are declining significantly. Part of Antarctica has warmed faster than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere and wildlife has already been affected.

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OO Why is Earth frowning? Asks the capital weather gang with this simulation of what the stratospheric air flow pattern was like on January 19, 2015 via earth.nullschool.net

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The oceans — where over 90% of global warming heat ends up — have literally warmed up off the charts of NOAA.

Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. As climate expert Prof. John Abraham notes, “The oceans are warming so fast, they keep breaking scientists’ charts.”

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Boiled shrimp, anyone? Credit: Philippe Guillaume, Creative Commons by-NC 2.0

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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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