Global Warming’s greatest hits

MotherJones has this really cool interactive globe (resembles a Mercator) with icons you can click on to get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of what’s happening around the world as a result of global warming.

Since it’s flash, I’m linking to it here and reproducing a selection of highlights here:

The longest El Niño of the 20th century was 1991-95. It was followed by the century’s most intense one in 1997, which bleached 10% of the world’s coral reefs.

The residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, voted to move inland to avoid rising sea levels.

40% of amphibian species in Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forests went extinct during a dry
spell in the late 1980s. Of all 5,700 known species of amphibians, 1/3 face extinction.

Global warming is slowing the earth’s rotation. By the end of the 21st century, we’ll
have gained an extra 0.11 millisecond per day.

Malaria is spreading to higher altitudes in places like the
Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.

The Danish navy is patrolling
waters off Greenland in anticipation of a power struggle with Canada—and maybe the U.S. and
Russia—over the increasingly ice-free Northwest Passage.

Winter temperatures
on Torgersen Island, 600 miles below the tip of South America, have shot up 10 F in the past 50 years.
Half of the island’s Adélie penguins have disappeared in the last 25 years.

The first recorded South Atlantic hurricane was in March 2004.

The rate of destruction
of the Amazon rainforest—which absorbs vast amounts of CO2—doubled in the last decade.
An area the size of Belgium was torched in 2003 and 2004.

For every degree ocean temperatures
rise, maximum storm winds increase by 5 mph.

A summer heat wave killed 35,000 people in Western Europe in 2003.

In 1997, hundreds of African storks migrating to Europe got confused by unusual spring weather,
turned around, and died of exhaustion in Turkey.

Scientists are relocating dozens of species of plants
and animals from Scotland to cooler climes in Scandinavia and Iceland.

Ebola outbreaks
have been linked to sudden weather changes.

Lake Chad covered 9,650 square miles in
1963. Today it covers less than 500.

The snows of Kilimanjaro are rapidly vanishing.

Arctic sea
ice is up to 40% thinner than it was in the 1960s.

The Maldives have built a 10-foot-high wall to keep
encroaching seas out of their capital.

From Sweden to Canada, tundra has gone from soaking up CO2 to emitting greenhouse gases. Buildings
in Siberia and Alaska are sinking into the thawing permafrost.

About 55% of the Great
Barrier Reef has been bleached.

Satellites take longer to fall to earth due to reduced
drag caused by greenhouse gases thinning the upper atmosphere.

Salinity levels in
the world’s oceans have changed rapidly in the past 40 years. Tropical oceans are getting
saltier while polar oceans are getting fresher.

The island nation of Tuvalu has asked
Australia and New Zealand to absorb its population before ocean levels do.

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