Climate Change: Atmospheric Rivers, Child Slavery, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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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.

Natural Repercussions:

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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.

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Planetary Freezer Unplugged: Melting permafrost craters in Siberia. Credit Steve Jurvetson at Flickr

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’

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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

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These are super cute little guys, that give off high little peeps when alarmed. Source: Daily Climate.

OO Disappearance Of Bunny-Like Pika Linked To Climate Change

Social Repercussions:

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AP photo/Hektor Pustina

OO PHOTOS: Albania In State Of Emergency After Historic Extreme Flooding – the second worst on record.

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Recognize the Big Apple? Just oa third of all glaciers have to melt completely for this to come true – and almost all glaciers are melting now…

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

Related Headline:

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.

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A child slave carries water. source kazakhnomad.wordpress.com

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.

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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One Response to Climate Change: Atmospheric Rivers, Child Slavery, and More!

  1. cartoonmick says:

    With more and more of us on this rock each day, our diminishing water resources’ are being stretched even further.
    The worsening effects of climate change make the problem larger than is really evident.
    Whilst we must leave the question of supply in the hands of our political masters, each of us must do our best to contain our usage.
    Government must also help with the question of demand, as shown in this cartoon . . . .

    https://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-910

    Cheers
    Mick

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