The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected
By Eric Holthaus August 5, 2015
Walruses, like these in Alaska, are being forced ashore in record numbers. Corey Accardo/NOAA/AP
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide.
Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years.
Enlaces de Interés
- Waterkeeper Alliance
- Ministerio del Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible
- Corporación Autónoma Regional de Cundinamarca (CAR)
- Secretaría Distrital de Ambiente de Bogotá
- Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente
- Programa de las Naciones Unidas para los Asentamientos Humanos
- Instituto Alexander von Humboldt
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