Climate Change Hampering Food Production, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 2, 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 lower 48 are colder than normal, although the waters surrounding it are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures: the eastern Pacific warm spot has drifted south and north of the California coast, but little rain is reaching the state, sending it into further drought.

Much of the areas surrounding the North Pole, including Alaska, 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:

And The Heat Goes On…

OO USA, January & February 2015:
Vastly More Daily Warm Records Than Cold Ones

OO Hottest 12 Months On Record Globally Thanks To Warm January,
Reports NASA

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US 2015 winter snowfall to date vs the average.

OO Dry or Snowy? Extreme Winter Weather Splits Much of U.S.

OO Sea Ice Still Declining, Despite Antarctica’s Gains

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Source, the Daily Climate

OO California Sea Lion Deaths: Warmer Seas May Be To Blame which can affect vital things like food sources.

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Many of Madagascar’s lemurs are endangered from deforestation; now climate change threatens them further. Wikipedia

OO Climate Change Threatening Madagascar’s Endangered Unique Lemurs – already declining from rampant deforestation and poaching, the lemurs will be further devastated by climate change.

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Social Repercussions:

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Climate Change Threat to US Seafood and Fishing Economies Is Rising as ocean acidity rises, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central, and a new study analyzes how this will affect US coastal economies.

OO California Water Becomes Scarce and Energy Hungry – as the continuing drought forces much more energy to be used to pump water from groundwater rather than surface water supplies, such as rivers.

OO Climate Change To Make Infectious Disease Outbreaks More Frequent

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Credit H. Raab at Flickr

OO Climate Change Hampering World Food Production – profound societal changes will be needed in coming decades to feed the world’s growing population, researchers at an annual science conference said. Like changing family size, humanely?

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Source: Climate Central

OO Rising Sea Levels And Temperatures Ahead For NY City

OO Global Warming Could Make
NYC Super-Rich Jealous Of Row House Residents
– as reports project what would happen if city buildings lost power in extreme heat and cold.

OO SF, CA: King Tides At Candlestick Point Offer Glimpse Of Planet’s Future – As recent king tides washed over a small beach there, San Francisco Bay became a classroom for teaching the grim reality of sea-level rise.

OO Early Start To US West Wildfire Season – over the last forty years, the fire season has more than doubled across the West, now spanning 7 months or more.

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Source AidIndia.org

OO Millions At Risk From Rapid Sea Rise In Swampy Sundarbans – seas are rising more than twice as fast as the global average in this low-lying Bengal Bay delta of 200 islands, where some 13 million impoverished people live.

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Climate Deniers Fail To Convince Sardines, Which Vote With Their Fins – the Mediterranean food staple is swimming north to cooler waters. Source: The Daily Climate

OO Sardines Swim North To Keep Cool – and escape warming seas, leaving Mediterranean fishermen with empty nets.

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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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