Why We Should Act on Climate Now: the Terrorism Connection, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 8, 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; although an atmospheric river dumps rain in California, warmer temperatures prevent much of that water to be stored as snow in coastal mountains, and so 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.

Natural Repercussions:

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A major blizzard covered the northeast US recently with snow; such extreme blizzards are predicted to worsen in intensity and frequency under continuing climate change.NOAA

@@ Picture This: So Much Snow

OO Global Warming Could Make Blizzards Worse

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Don’t bother clicking — go here to play with this. Fastest warming seasons by state: only in Texas is summer warming the fastest. NOAA

The US Is Divided by Seasons and Warming reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central, but every season has been warming since 1970 throughout the US, and the rate of warming has accelerated. In summer, the Lower 48 has warmed by 0.4°F per decade, while the winter has warmed slightly faster: about 0.6°F per decade.

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Climate Change Will Hit Australia the Hardest reports Oliver Milman at theUK Guardian, possibly on track for a rise of more than 5°C (10oF) by 2100, outstripping the warming rate in the rest of the world, says the most comprehensive analysis ever produced of the country’s future climate.

OO Climate Change In Minnesota: More Heat, More Big Storms
Social repercussions:

OO Climate Stresses Push Kashmir’s Poor Into Militancy,
Pakistan Experts Warn

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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