Climate Change: “Please, take my baby!” and More

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

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As we cut down much of the Amazon forest , much of the rest is starting to die off, greatly decreasing the cheapest way to store carbon in the world. Along the way, we are losing fascinating wildlife.

Amazon Forest Now Stores A Third Less Carbon than formerly as deforestation and die-off of the remainder increases, reports Karl Mathiesen at The Guardian. Much deeper carbon emission cuts will be necessary to offset this loss of storage, say scientists.

Related Headline:

OO Deforestation Slowing, But Forests Are Breaking Down

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“Please take my baby back with you!” the poor mother pleaded to Melinda Gates, explaining that Melinda’s health program helped her give birth to yet another unwanted child she could not feed. A health triumph was another tragedy for this woman, who wished she had had access to contraceptives instead. Source: Gary L. Darmstadt at the Huffingtonpost

OO Call to Action: Give All Women Worldwide the Choice of Family Planning

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@@ Sheldon Whitehouse, March 25, 2015: Oceans Warn,We Don’t Listen– the Senator warns how warming oceans threaten our marine life.

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

March 15, 2015: A building block yields to the sea and sand in Jakaarta, where ever-rising sea levels continue to eat away at the city. @sean_gallagher_photo

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Arctic ice floes in Baffin Bay. Jonathan Hayward at the Canadian Press via AP

OO Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Peak and much earlier than normal.

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And THAT is why you should be worried about it’s rapid decline…

Related Headlines:

OO The Arctic Sea Ice Just Set A Disturbing New Record

OO Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness Collapses, part of a 30+ year trend with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise and permafrost melt. As the surface area of sea ice has declined, the ice thickness during the summer minimum dropped a remarkable 85% from 1975 to 2012.

What does all this melted ice do?….

@@ Massive Melting Slows Major Atlantic Current by decreasing the salinity of the North Atlantic, which helps slow down the Atlantic oceanic conveyor belt. This massive current and other marine conveyors belts worldwide are responsible for redistributing massive amounts of heat, thus influencing weather worldwide.

Related Headline:

Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than In Last Thousand Years
Powerful Atlantic Ocean
currents fuel Gulf streams, affect sea levels, warm cities in continental Europe and North America, and bring nutrients up from ocean depths that help sustain marine ecosystems and fisheries. But an avalanche of cold water from the melting Greenland ice sheet appears to be slowing the ocean circulation to historically low levels says a new study, reports John Upton at Climate Central.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Earth…

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The mass of Antarctic ice is so large that its gravitational force pulls a mass of water close to it; but once melted, that mountain of water will disperse evenly worldwide to the farthest areas – the northern hemisphere – with relatively more water that bring its levels from below average to mid average levels. Thus, sea level rise will be faster there. Credit Jonathan Bamber

OO From Bad To Worse:
Antarctic Melt Now Destabilizing 2 Large Glaciers
which, when completely melted, will add over 20 feet in sea level rise, especially in the US, due to the law ofgravity: the current gigantic mass of ice attracts more water to it, but once melted, the attraction stops, with even more water dispersing to areas farthest away, that formerly had below average levels – the northern hemisphere will get more that an average rise.

Related Headline:

OO Warm Water Channel Found Under One Of Antarctica’s Largest Glaciers – scientists found two pathways that are likely channelling warm ocean water under a massive Antarctic glacier, helping to melt it, and raise sea levels.

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Fossil fuel pollution, and the health hazards it creates, add greatly to these fuels’ real but invisible costs. Credit Kyodo News/AP

OO Fossil Fuels Are Way More Expensive Than You Think when you factor in the pollution costs (and health damages) associated with burning them.

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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