Is it time to stop eating CA almonds? and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS extreme weather, California dryin’,
Google Weather around the world month year to get latest update from Jon Plotkin; ck the summary.

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 27, 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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Source NOAA

OO 2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

OO Record Pacific Sea-Surface Temperatures Point To
Record Warmth In 2015-2016

Social Repercussions:

OO Water Insecurity Costs Global Economy Billions A Year

California Dryin’:

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OO Climate Change And The California Drought – there are two supported links: climbing temperatures and a Pacific high pressure zone over unusually warm ocean water that is diverting storms away from California.

OO California Mandates 25% Urban Reduction of Water Use

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Once So Numerous, Now Gone: the sardine fishery off California has collapsed due to changing climate and overfishing. Wikipedia

OO California Sardine Population Collapses, Prompting Fishing Ban

OO CA Farmers Threaten Future Water Supplies
By Depleting Free Groundwater Now
– nothing regulates taking water from finite underground aquifers, which, when emptied, could be crushed by the land above, permanently depriving future inhabitants of a possible rechargeable store of water.

Is it time to stop eating CA almonds?

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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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2 Responses to Is it time to stop eating CA almonds? and More!

  1. melharte… we love your posts… but suggesting it’s time to stop eating almonds? Get real. It’s time to limit the number of babies we bring into this world. The root of All of this is overpopulation. Join us in educating people to that fact!

  2. melharte says:

    I do join you, in fact — my weekly huff column has a section called population matters, and I’ve written about population before… and really, overpopulation is the driver behind everything. Have written a population essay for which I’m trying to find a venue that reaches a wider, more religious yet “unconverted” audience. Let me know if you have any ideas.

    Re the smaller problem of nuts: found out that we export over half our almonds (it takes 1 gallon of water to make one almond, or almost any nut, for that matter, the way we water them), so a local “boycott” of almonds won’t work. What the state must do is outlaw sprinklers for orchards, forcing them to drip irrigate. And do a tiered rate system for energy usage, so when farmers pump groundwater, it becomes very expensive to do so. Given that the groundwater is a finite resource, we should be outlawing pumping it altogether at this point, since we have already greatly diminished it, and risk crushing the storage structure once it gets too empty.
    Thanks for the feedback!

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