Extreme Heat, Rain To Double in US by 2100, and More!

WHY WE SHOULD ACT NOW: RISING RISKS

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Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 4, 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:

OO Extreme Heat and Heavy Rain Events Expected to Double by 2100 due to climate change, says a new analysis.

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Go to the link below for the live interactive.

OO Since First Earth Day, U.S. Temps Have Been Rising

OO At $24 Trillion, Oceans Are World’s 7th-Largest Economy –
But Its Resources Are Eroding
due to over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said.

Natural Repercussions:

OO Viral Blight Could Ravage Earth’s Wheat,
Aided By Rising Greenhouse Gases

OO Nearly Half of Biggest Investors Expose Their Assets To Climate Change and “gamble” on companies heavily exposed to environmental risks, says a new report.

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Thousands have died already in 2015 trying to migrate away from Africa. Source The UK Daily Mail

OO Africa: Migrant Tragedies Will Worsen With Climate Change

OO Brazil: Drought Blamed For Upsurge In Dengue Fever

OO India: Farmers Commit Suicide As Crops Fail From Bad Weather and debts mount.
California Dryin’

OO A Sea Dries, Exposing a Toxic Bomb of accumulated toxic pollution that the wind can now distribute.

OO ‘Explosive’ Wildfires Are Already Out Of Control
— Months Before Fire Season

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OO Dry, Warm Conditions Keep California’s National Forests Parched

OO Nine More Ways The State Has To Change Its Water Ways – use wastewater, smart meters to fine violators, tiered pricing, and stop using up our aquifers, for starters.

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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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