Apocalyptic US West Droughts by 2050, Arctic Upheaval, and More!

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

@@ Deadpan Climate Humor At Its Best:
Philomena Cunk Moments of Wonder – Climate Change
– of course, one can easily imagine some US voters really believing that coal comes from dinosaurs – and that burning it has made dinosaurs rare… Philomena played by the talented comedienne, Diane Morgan.

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Likely future scenes of the US Southwest and Great Plains, as scientists predict the worst megadroughts in the past 1000 years to unfold from 2050 onwards, as a result of global warming.

US Southwest, Great Plains Could Soon Face Worst ‘Megadroughts’ In Modern History, study finds, reports Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. The NASA/NSF funded study builds upon recent research, predicting megadrought conditions, starting by 2050, that will far surpass even the worst southwest medieval megadroughts thought to have caused the downfall of ancient Native American civilizations, such as the Pueblos.

The extreme results surprised even the study researchers.

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Tom Toles at the Washington Post

Related Headlines:

OO Droughts Will Hammer US West As 21st Century Unfolds

OO U.S. Central Plains, Southwest Likely Face Apocalyptic Drought

OO Southwest, Central Plains Face ‘Unprecedented’ Drought

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Boston, February 2015: I know my car’s around here…somewhere… Credit Steven Senne, AP photo

OO As Boston’s Crazy Snow Keeps Falling,
Scientists Weigh In On Climate Impact

“All weather events are affected by climate change
because the environment
in which they occur
is warmer and moister
than it used to be.”
–Kevin Trenberth, IPCC climate scientist

Related Headlines:

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OO Cold Air Invasion Coming: What’s the Role of Warming?

OO Weird Winter Weather Plot Thickens As Arctic Swiftly Warms

OO Global Warming May Be Affecting Jet Stream – A winter of strange weather and turbulent transatlantic flights in the northern hemisphere has scientists asking: Has a predicted climate imbalance of the jet stream begun?

@@ The Climate Change Elevator Pitch: Ken Caldeira

@@ Everyday Climate Change at Instagram
Bringing you the face of climate change daily

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February 21, 2015: Sarura Aden walked for 25 days across the Somali desert to a crowded, unsanitary and undernourished refugee camp in Kenya, witnessing the killing of other refugees by militia and wild animals, as she fled a tremendous drought that had destroyed all of her livestock and her way of life. Credit Matilde Gattoni at Instagram

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Credit Walter at Flickr

Paris Climate Pact To Rely on Peer Pressure, Cooperation, Not Coercionreports John Upton at Climate Central. Having failed at forcing countries to achieve needed carbon cuts within specific time frames, the UN will now focus on a process that includes national accountability instead. Will it succeed? Stay tuned.

More Warming Woes for Corals:

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Crown of Thorns starfish are big suckers and can devastate coral reefs. Wikipedia

OO Great Barrier Reef: Warmer Waters Helping Coral-Eating Starfish Thrive

OO Warmer Oceans Helping Coral-Eating Starfish Thrive

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OO Arctic Upheaval: new book outlines challenges at the top of the world

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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