Climate Change: the Ice Hockey Connection, Baked Alaska, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 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 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.

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:

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OO NASA: Earth Tops Hottest 12 Months On Record Again,
Thanks To Warm February

OO Arctic Sea Ice Dwindling Toward Record Winter Low

OO Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening,
Making Climate Action More Urgent

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center, AP photo

OO Hundreds Of Sick, Dying Sea Lion Pups
Are Washing Up On California’s Shores
– as warmer waters have driven their food supplies away.

Social Repercussions:

OO Why Fresh Water Shortages Will Cause The Next Great Global Crisis

OO Climate Change on International Disaster Talks Agenda

OO “Monster” Cyclone Pam Destroys Much Of Vanuatu,
Officials Blame Climate Change

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A disappearing act? Concrete in southern California has contributed to the disappearance of cool, moist fog. Source http://www.geog.ucsb.edu

OO Southern California’s Concrete Contributes to Drought,
By Discouraging Coastal Fog

OO Washington State Rain No Cure For Drought,
Due To Bleak Snowpack
– It is possible to have rain — lots of it — and still be plagued by drought.

OO Baked Alaska – If the Last Frontier is the canary in the climate coal mine, we’re in trouble.

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Wikipedia

OO Canada: Climate Change Spells End To Ice Hockey say experts.

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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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