With global temps slowly rising, it means stranger weather patterns, slightly warmer summers in temperate climates, and in the Arctic, it means more greenery and less ice. That’s a bad things for animals that rely on sea ice, but it’s a good thing for animals that eat vegetation.
Two thousand years ago, almost the entire economy of the western world revolved around a single sea, the Mediterranean. With sea ice quickly melting in the Arctic, Canada, the US, Russia and China are all posturing to gain control of brand new trade routes and drilling and mining rights for oil and rare earth minerals. And by 2300, the sea at the top of the ocean could be the Mediterranean of the 24th century.
Richard Muller is a physicist and once was a disbeliever in global climate change. That is until he was given a $600,000 research grant, much of it from the Charles Koch Foundation, with the intention of disproving climate change. But once he started doing his own independent analysis, his numbers matched the figures of NOAA and NASA.
The very slight effects of climate change may not immediately be noticeable in your own urban daily lives, but for coffee growers, tiny changes in temperature make a big difference. Coffee is a very picky plant, and only grows well in a few places in the world, and when temperature rises even a tiny amount, or when storms increase by only a tiny amount, it makes a big difference in yield, and now Starbucks is putting out the alarm that the world’s coffee supply could be in serious danger in 10 to 30 years. NOOOOO.
Even if December was the coldest for a while in N. America and Europe, 2010 was still the warmest year on record
At times like this, when many people in the US and Europe are still digging themselves out of the snow of one of the coldest Decembers and currently one of the coldest Januarys in quite some time, according to the NOAA, 2010 globally was still the warmest on record since 1880, tying the previous record from 2005.