WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS
Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 15, 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, while unusually cold temperatures in the northeast combined with unusually warm coastal waters contribute to massive blizzards there.
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.
Global Warming Helps Block Atmospheric Rivers
That Water California Atmospheric rivers have been mostly diverted from reaching California by a persistent high pressure Pacific system off California of the type predicted to occur under climate change in a 2005 study.
Not enough is known to predict why the high pressure system occasionally allows an atmospheric river to sneak in and water California, though reports Andres Thompson at Climate Central. The latest river is far from significantly easing California drought.
OO Winter Is Losing Its Cool Nights in US Cities – climate change is decreasing the number of below-freezing nights in most cities, even as it helps produce massive blizzards.
OO Climate Change Is Accelerating The Melting Of Siberia – one of the planet’s largest storehouses of frozen greenhouse gases. Oh-oh.
OO A Fresh Look At Oceans Shows Earth’s ‘Unabated Planetary Warming’
OO UN’s World Meteorological Organization Chimes In:
2014 As Hottest Year – a little over 1°F above the next hottest year.
OO 14 Of The 15 Hottest Years On Record Have Occurred Since 2000, WMO Says
OO Disappearance Of Bunny-Like Pika Linked To Climate Change
OO PHOTOS: Albania In State Of Emergency After Historic Extreme Flooding – the second worst on record.
OO Maps Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like With Future Sea Rise – created by Jeffrey Linn, aided by a background in geography and urban planning, they assume 100 or more feet of sea rise: not projected to happen by 2100, but it’s likely that future children will face this and other disastrous problems, depending on how fast we stop carbon emissions.
OO Rising Temperatures Threaten US Mountain States
OO Colorado: Climate Change Could Bring More Disease, Crop Damage, Fires
State-commissioned study sees 2.5 to 5.5-degree temperature increase by 2050.
OO Climate Change Pushes India’s Poorest Children Into Slavery – Disasters resulting from climate change are pushing poor Indian families into poverty and children trafficking.
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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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