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Northern hemisphere summer - is this the big one? (Weather)

by dulan drift, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 20:36 (3 days ago)

Ok, I'm calling it. Given what we've seen in Australia this summer, the coming northern instalment will be the one where we go over the top.

Here is an interesting list from a Guardian article of where we are now:

"Since 2005, the number of floods has increased by a factor of 15, extreme temperature events by a factor of 20, and wildfires sevenfold; topsoil is now being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it is being replenished by natural processes; the 20 warmest years since records began in 1850 have been in the past 22 years; vertebrate populations have fallen by an average of 60% since the 1970s, and insect numbers – vital for pollination – have declined even faster in some countries."

Then there's this:

"The paper warns of the vulnerability of food systems that rely on just five animal and 12 plant species to provide 75% of the world’s nutrition"

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/12/climate-and-economic-risks-threaten...


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