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Tags: drought

"Satan called. He wants his weather back."

BiteSign photographed on in the middle of Main Street, in Bison, Kansas on July 23, 2011 during the record-breaking drought.
Like the Titanic sinking, catastrophes aren't democratic

Bite“Like the sinking of the Titanic, catastrophes are not democratic. A much higher fraction of passengers from the cheaper decks were lost. We’ll see the same phenomenon with global warming.”
Climate change impacts everyone's food supply.

BiteClimate change will have major impacts on the availability of water for growing food and on crop productivity in the decades to come. Increased temperatures will lengthen the growing season in northern temperate zones but will reduce the length almost everywhere else. The livelihoods of rural commun...
'Tropic of Chaos'

BiteThe 'Tropic of Chaos'; the band encircling the middle of the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where already-destabilized nations are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of increasingly extreme weather patterns.
Drought & Deluge:   What goes up, must come down.

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteAs evaporation accelerates, dry areas get dryer and wet areas become wetter. Why? Because "what goes up must come down," but unfortunately not in the same spot.
2012 drought natural? Blame the car engine for a speeding ticket?

Bite"Blaming La Nina for the record drought is like blaming the car engine for the speeding ticket. See what happens when the driver steps on the gas?" - Hunter Cutting, Director of Strategic Communications at Climate Nexus
Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad? That's the scientific debate

Bite‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Wood, climate scientist
Bite1.4 F of warming so far has led to 40% less Arctic ice mass, Western wildfires that now consume 6x more forest, more frequent big hurricanes and insurance companies quitting many coastal areas. To imagine 11 degrees of warming, multiply by 8.
Einstein: compound interest is most powerful force in world.

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteSince 1950, the global percentage of dry areas has increased by about 1.74% of global land area per decade. That is 1.74% compounding interest, which Einstein calls the eighth wonder of the world.
"If climate is the shark, water is the teeth."

Bite“Much of the impact of climate change will be felt through changing patterns of water availability, with shrinking glaciers and changing patterns of precipitation increasing the likelihood of drought and flood. If climate change is the shark, then water is its teeth and it is an issue on which busi...
Power plants most vulnerable to water scarcity.

BiteWho knew? Power plants use 40% of U.S. freshwater supplies. How will they cope with a drier climate? Who will keep the lights on when the water runs out?
Like talking about lung cancer without mentioning smoking.

Category:Extreme Weather
BiteWildfires dominate the headlines – but the media coverage focuses only on effects while ignoring a major cause. Talking about western wildfires without mentioning climate change is like talking about lung cancer without mentioning cigarettes.
Like quitting your job and playing the lottery to pay the bills.

Category:Extreme Weather
Bite"The odds that natural variability created these [recent weather] extremes are minuscule... To count on those odds would be like quitting your job and playing the lottery every morning to pay the bills."—Dr. James Hansen, NASA
Hate high taxes?  Then stop Mother Nature's Extreme Weather Tax

BiteAlarmed by Hurricane Sandy’s destruction and the current drought? Warning: Mother Nature is now imposing ‘an extreme weather tax.’
Ignore climate change?  This increases your risk of being unlucky.

Bite“Think of climate change as something that increases our risks of being unlucky. We need to prepare up front as we move into a warmer, hotter, more extreme world.” – Heidi Cullen, Chief Climatologist for Climate Central.org
Extreme drought and heat waves are a threat to your freedom.

Bite“Climate change is a threat to our freedoms. If you're a Great Plains rancher or a farmer, your freedom is enormously constrained by the fact that you're in the midst of a two-year severe drought.” - Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
Don't fear global warming but do fear local climate destabilization

Bite"Unfortunately, the focus remains mostly on “global warming” instead of on the bigger concern—that we are disrupting the planet’s climate in completely unpredictable ways." — Ajit Varki and Danny Brower, writers of the 2013 book, "Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human M...
Recent floods: Not just power of nature, but power of man

Bite"(Recent floods) not just by the power of nature but by the power of man." — climate activist Bill McKibben
If 1º melts the Arctic, we're fools to see what 2º will do

Bite"If 1 degee melts the Arctic, we're fools to find out what 2 degrees will do." — Bill McKibben, environmental author & founder of 350.org

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