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Alarming Photos That Reveal the Impact of Climate Change (25 pics + 1 video)

Posted in Random » Weird   11 Aug 2014   / 7250 views

Our biggest water reservoirs are dwindling.

Abstract art at Burning Man? Nope, these are empty boat slips protruding from an abandoned dock at Nevada's Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Lake Mead is North America's largest man-made reservoir, storing water for millions of people across seven states. Well, it used to anyway.

Lake Mead, Nevada

Thanks to 14 years of drought fueled by climate change, and increased demand from cities, agriculture, and the oil and gas industry, Lake Mead is drying up.

Lake Powell, Utah

Prolonged drought has also caused a dramatic drop in Lake Powell's water level. Lake Powell is another Southwestern reservoir that supplies water to millions of homes in Arizona and Utah. These NASA images show the northern part of the lake, which is actually a deep, narrow, meandering reservoir that extends from Arizona upstream into southern Utah. The left image, from 1999, shows water levels near full capacity. The image on the right, taken in May 2014, shows the lake has dropped to 42 percent of capacity.

California is losing the battle against the drought too.

At the end of June 2014, California’s 154 intrastate reservoirs stood at only 60% of their historical average, yet there are twice as many people living in the state than ever before.

Which is bad news for people who grow things. And people who eat them.

California supplies almost 100 percent of America’s carrots, avocados, strawberries, almonds, grapes, etc. Lots of livestock, too. But because of the drought, California’s topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture reserves are nearly depleted and the state’s rangeland and pastures were rated 70% very poor to poor on July 27. As a result, food prices are on the rise. If you've never thought about climate change as a threat to food security, it’s time to start.

This drought isn't only affecting the Southwest.

In fact, it's just a warning of what climate change could do to the entire country, and eventually, the planet. As this NASA video explains, the past decade has been the hottest ever recorded since global temperature records began 150 years ago. A big part of this temperature increase is due to greenhouse gases emitted by human activities, like burning fossil fuels in our cars and power plants.

Planet Earth has a fever, and we’re gonna need more than cowbell to cure it.

Rising global temperatures are melting the world's glaciers and ice sheets at an alarming rate.

Arctic ice also stores a ton of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that’s bad for human health. Without the glaciers and polar ice caps, we’re like a bologna sandwich in a cooler with no ice on a hot summer day--headed for the trashcan.

A hotter, more toxic atmosphere isn't the only negative consequence of melting Arctic ice.

As the glaciers and ice sheets turn from solid to liquid, sea levels are rising. This means things that didn't used to be underwater--like island nations and beachfront properties--are getting wet.

 

Recently, every rainy season in the San Blas Islands brings massive flooding as a result of rising ocean levels caused by global warming. In the foreground, a traffic sign reading "Slow Down" is partially submerged.

And what if polar ice melts completely, as many scientists say it will if we can’t stop climate change?

Well, the sea will swell by approximately 216 feet, many island nations will be completely swallowed up, and North America will get a new coastline.

While the oceans are swelling, they’re also warming up and becoming more acidic

Ocean acidification is the direct result of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere from fossil fuels. When CO2 dissolves in water, carbonic acid is formed. This acid decreases the ability of many marine organisms (like the coral above) to build and maintain their shells and skeletal structures.

Scientists say the warmer, toxic nature of the ocean could be what's causing massive fish die-offs around the world.

Thousands of dead fish wash up along boat slips at the Marina Del Rey, Calif. on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Masses of fish turn up dead in a marina in Pultneyville, New York on Saturday May 17th, 2014.

Dead fish float on the surface of the Maninjau lake, Indonesia in March 2014.

Warmer waters also give rise to other nasty stuff, like algae blooms.

Scientists say that the bloom was caused by heavy rainfall that washed larger than normal amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into the lake. As climate change progresses, severe precipitation, in places that don’t usually get lots of rain, will become more common. This puts every single lake, river, and stream in jeopardy of the same algae bloom that recently devastated the Great Lakes region.

Speaking of extreme weather, it’s not only rainfall that’s becoming sporadic and weird.

This rare December 2013 snowfall in Jerusalem was the city's heaviest since 1953.

We're seeing more super typhoons...

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines. More than 10,000 dead in what weather experts called one of the strongest storms in recorded history.

Uncontrollable wildfires…

Firefighters from Stockton, Calif., put out flames off of Hidden Valley Rd. while fighting a wildfire, Friday, May 3, 2013 in Hidden Valley, Calif.

Choking dust storms…

A dust storm called a haboob—which is Arabic for "violent wind"—slams Phoenix, Arizona.

'Biblical' floods

A raging waterfall destroys a bridge along Highway 34 toward Estes Park, Colorado, as flooding devastates the Front Range and thousands were forced to evacuate, on September 13, 2013.

And violent hurricanes...

The FDR Drive flooded after Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday October 30th.

Cars lie half-submerged in a flooded parking lot after Hurricane Sandy hit New York

A pedestrian walks through sand-covered, abandoned streets in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy

So what should smart, concerned humans like you and I DO in the face of all this impending doom?

First, let's start talking about climate change like the serious, life-threatening topic that it is.

Let’s start acting like we care about what kind of planet we’re leaving to our kids. Perhaps most importantly let’s start holding lawmakers responsible, and demand decisions that will help us survive and thrive in the decades to come.

After all...






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Comments (9):

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MIR 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Climate is changing with, or without humans.
       
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epawlik 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yup ..apparently many planets and moons in our solar system are going through massive climate change. What does that tell us??
       
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ads2539 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
This is all bulls#it. No more global warming, so now it's "climate change". Is the earth getting hotter or colder? Wetter or drier? Make up your mind. Also, hurricanes and typhoons are not on the rise as this story suggests.

Humans didn't cause any of this, and we can't stop it either. We may be using too much water, but we aren't affecting the overall climate. The surface of Mars is getting hotter - who's causing that?
       
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nohelpneeded 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Let's face it, I could show you a picture of anything and say it's anything I want you to believe it is. Search Google Images for "Media deception easy" and you will see what I mean. You can learn everything you need to know about climate change by following the money. Everyone from Al Gore multi-millionaire to governments around the world charging a "carbon tax". Sorry greenies, it's about the money and nothing else. The globe has been warming since the end of the last ice age and there was a time in Earth's history where the global average temperature was 110 degrees. It's called a climate cycle and the only thing that argues against that is grant money.
       
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Climate change - the new religion. Complete with zealots!
       
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Al Gore invented global warming.
       
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gigantes 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
if we're still bullshitting ourselves with the comments above in the absolute 11th hour, i don't think we deserve to survive as a species. personal convenience and specious logic are not going to put out this fire.

the only thing i feel sorry about at this point is that we're currently taking a lot of other species and habitat down with us (the holocene extinction) and it's only going to get worse. OTOH there's still about 500m years left for the earth's atmosphere to support complex life. so i hope it comes back strong one day... minus us clever dumbasses.
       
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gigantes 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
haha if you neg my post enough, does it mean that you'll overturn reality...?

good luck with that, kiddos. :)
       
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Thingy 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Reducing pollution is good for all of us. A clean planet is a happy one. BUT the climate has never been static, ever. It is only man's hubris that we are important / powerful enough to affect the climate so drastically.
Basically man-made climate change is a load of horsebollocks.
       














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