Climate Change: Expect More Blizzards, Less Flavorful Food, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 29, 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. Part of the US is also experiencing unusually cold weather, also predicted to occur as climate change effects produce both extremely cold and hot weather.

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:

@@ Welcome To The ‘Double El Niño’
— And More Extreme Weather
– a rare weather phenomenon that climatologists had warned about several months ago.

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A common Boston winter scene. Credit Steven Senne/AP

OO Boston’s Record-Breaking Snow Season
‘A Harbinger Of The Future’ Say Climate Scientists

Natural Repercussions:

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Changing flavor? Climate change will likely lower the quality and taste of produce.Wikipedia

OO Climate Change Could Make Food Taste Worse – report warns as higher temperatures and less reliable rainfall affect the quality of food grown.

OO Farming Absorbs 22% Of Cost Of Disasters In Developing Countries – especially poor farmers who do not have the insurance or resources to rebuild their lives, says a UN report.

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Folsom Lake, CA, before and after the drought, where far less water is running through the dam. Credit Google Earth, CA Dept Water Resources

OO California Staring At Decline In Hydro-Power Due To Drought

OO California Drought Pushes Up Utility Bills study finds

There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these crocuses I photographed one spring. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and textsare freely available.

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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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