Canaries In the Coalmine
Australia endures hottest year on record
Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said Friday, enduring the longest heatwave ever recorded Down Under as well as destructive bushfires.
10th January 2014
100,000 Bats Fall from the Sky in Australia Due to Extreme Heat Wave
On the opposite side of the world from the 'polar vortex,' dangerously high temperatures are wreaking havoc. In a scene that could come straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's imagination, about 100,000 bats were found littering the ground after a major heatwave hit Australia this week, causing the bats to fall from the sky and die upon impact. In addition to the bats, the heatwave—which struck the north-east state of Queensland earlier this week and hit temperatures as high as 135 degrees fahrenheit—meant mass deaths for the country’s flying foxes across an estimated 25 colonies.
10th January 2014
Atlantic Ocean Zooplankton Are Now Reproducing in Arctic Waters
For the first time, scientists have discovered species of Atlantic Ocean zooplankton reproducing in Arctic waters. German researchers say the discovery indicates a possible shift in the Arctic zooplankton community as The amphipod Themisto compressa the region warms, one that could be detrimental to Arctic birds, fish, and marine mammals. Studying traps that have been suspended for 13 years in the Fram Strait, scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute found that small species of crustaceans common to the Atlantic are increasingly moving into Arctic waters. The researchers found fertile females as well as individuals at all stages of development, showing that the Atlantic species is reproducing in the frigid waters.
10th January 2014
California wildfire forces thousands to flee homes
Thousands more residents under threat in southern California as temperatures in the region stay at triple digits
18th July 2013
Tiny beach crustaceans suffering localized extinctions
Two types of small beach critters-both cousins of the beloved, backyard roly-poly-are suffering localized extinctions in Southern California at an alarming rate, says a new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists. As indicator species for beach biodiversity at large, their disappearance suggests a looming threat to similar sand-dwelling animals across the state and around the world.
18th July 2013
NBC: 'Scientists � Said Climate Change Plays A Factor In What's Become A Deadly And Historic Fire Season'
The NBC Nightly News on Wednesday had a good story on the wildfires ravaging the West and the role of climate change: NBC reported, "Tonight, 17 major wildfires are burning in seven western states. Today, scientists meeting in washington said climate change plays a factor in what's become a deadly and historic fire season." Then we see David Cleaves, the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Advisor, explain: Drier weather, longer droughts and hotter temperatures that created the situation where we lost the firefighters in arizona. It's great to see NBC explain that climate change helped create these ever worsening wildfire conditions.
18th July 2013
Why Climate Change Has Darwin Down for the Count
If you live near water in the American Southeast, you may have run across the green tree frog—or at least heard the species as it croaks (in a sound that kind of resembles rapid fire quacking). It's a small frog that's often found in pet stores. It's the state amphibian of Louisiana and Georgia. And it's one of many species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and even mammals that may be incapable of evolving fast enough to keep up with what global warming has in store. That's the upshot of a new study in the journal Ecology Letters, whose authors used a vast body of data on 540 separate species' current climatic "niches," and their evolutionary histories of adapting to different conditions, to determine whether they can evolve fast enough to keep up with the changing climate. More specifically, the study examined "climatic niche evolution," or how fast organisms have adapted to changing temperature and precipitation conditions in their habitats over time.
15th July 2013
Map Shows Possible Link Between Warmer Springs and Large Fires in U.S. West
An interactive tool produced by the group Climate Central illustrates how rising temperatures and reduced snowpack in the western U.S. have corresponded with an increase in wildfires in recent decades. Based on federal wildfire data from 1970 to 2012, the graphic shows how large fires in some western states — including Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho — have doubled or even tripled in four decades, a period when the average spring and summer temperatures in 11 states increased by more than 1.5 degrees F.
15th July 2013
Stifling heat wave settles over northeast quarter of US. Not cool. - Christian Science Monitor
From the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast and back through Michigan, extreme heat is firing up this week over a broad area, prompting cities to prepare cooling centers.
15th July 2013
Drought Turns the Rio Grande Into The "Rio Sand"
Continuing profound drought has left New Mexico so severely parched that the irrigation season along the lower Rio Grande Valley has ended just a month and a half after it started, making it the shortest on record. This has prompted the Las Cruces Sun-News to proclaim a new name for the river: the "Rio Sand."
15th July 2013
Rising global temperatures accelerate drought-induced forest mortality
Many southwestern forests in the United States will disappear or be heavily altered by 2050, according to a series of joint Los Alamos National Laboratory-University of New Mexico studies.
14th July 2013
Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt
A study has shown that the speed of evolutionary change is far outstripped by the rate of global warming, meaning many creatures will face extinction
14th July 2013
Canadian Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change Clear After Alberta Floods - Energy Collective
Flooding swept over Southern Alberta, Canada from Calgary to Canmore in mid-June. Evacuation orders were issued in towns and cities as rivers like the Bow and the Elbow swelled and spilled over their banks. Historic water levels were reached in Medicine Hat, downtown Calgary was emptied and underwater, and towns like High River were completely evacuated for days as police patrolled the flood ravaged streets.
14th July 2013
Reef fish sink or swim in climate change waters
Climate change could cause local extinctions of chocolate dipped damselfish that are highly specialised to the conditions on their home reef.
14th July 2013
Climate change hits air-conditioner sales
The market for split air conditioners slumped by 20 per cent in June this year as Indians stopped buying air conditioners with the monsoon setting in early.
14th July 2013

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