Category - Science

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Global temperature change since 1850
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1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction
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Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms
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Your weird weather and the melting Arctic
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Climate change is already spreading disease

Global temperature change since 1850

1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction

Roughly one in eight bird species around the world face potential extinction because of agricultural practices, logging, invasive species, hunting, climate change and habitat loss.

That’s 1,469 of the world’s 10,996 bird species, according to BirdLife International. Overall, 40 percent of the world’s bird species are in decline, according to the group’s new report, The State of the World’s Birds. And that is a clear sign of poor health in one ecosystem after another around the world, as humans continue to put the biosphere into a tailspin. Read More

Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms

Allergies are worsening and allergy seasons lengthening as the planet warms due to our use of fossil fuels. CBS news reports:

Rising temperatures from climate change and more carbon dioxide in the air are causing many pollen-producing plants to bloom earlier – and last longer – thus prolonging allergy season.

Dr. Joseph Shapiro, an allergist and immunologist in Los Angeles, says his office is now flooded with patients year round.

“New patient visits are coming in at different times of year that I did not use to see,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. While allergies are more common in children, they can occur for the first time at any age.

With allergy seasons growing longer and more intense, experts say many people are developing seasonal allergies for the first time well into their adulthood.

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Your weird weather and the melting Arctic

This new video is the best I have seen that explains why scientists are linking the weird weather we have been experiencing in winter and spring to the melting of the Arctic that is a result of our use of fossil fuels. We need to read the signs of the times while we can still take effective action. Read More

Climate change is already spreading disease

Climate change is already causing a large increase in tick-borne diseases among Americans, and scientists expect these and other maladies such as plague to keep getting worse over the decades to come as the planet warms. An article in The Revelator describing our current situation and projections points out that in Maine exploding populations of ticks have already caused cases of some diseases to multiply 30 times.

The interactive map above lets you look at projections of ten key diseases expected to worsen over time on a county-by-county basis. The darker the color, the worse the disease risk. Read More

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