Climate Change Tops List of Destroyers of Civilization, Lyme Disease, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Feb 22, 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 is experiencing colder than normal temperatures, while surrounded by abnormally warm waters. The increased moisture from the warm waters combines with the cold to produce record breaking blizzards in the northeast. Meanwhile, the abnormally warm eastern Pacific continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole, and the North Pole itself 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.

Social Repercussions:

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A nearby volcanic eruption is evocative of the apocalypse. Credit: Francisco Negroni

OO Extreme Climate Change Tops List of How Civilization Will Most Likely End in a report created by Oxford scientists based on research. The other 11 global risks include everything but the obvious: too many people, which fuels many of the named risks.

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OO Pennsylvania Vs. Climate Change: Lyme Disease Becomes Epidemic

OO Climate Change Threatens Future Of Australian Outdoor Summer Sport

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Credit Jatkins at Wikimedia Commons

OO Researchers: Rising Sea Levels Having Effects At Kennedy Space Center

Natural Repercussions:

OO South America: Changes In Lakes Warning Signs Of Climate Change on other parts of the world, say researchers.

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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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