Saturday, March 03, 2007

Global Warming Effects Being Felt Around the World

North America is already feeling the affects of warmer temperatures in a variety of ways.

In New England, maple syrup production is declining because of warmer than usual winters. Farmers who used to begin tapping their trees in the beginning of March now must begin tapping in February. Last year some began tapping in mid-February and still missed much of the sap.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that temperatures have risen by 2.8 degrees in the Northeast since 1971. Tim Perkins, director of the Proctor Maple Research Center, calls the situation "dire." His data shows that over the last 40 years the maple sugaring season has moved steadily earlier and become steadily shorter.

In Northern Canada, warming temperatures are threatening the boreal forests, the "lungs of the world." Increasing drought and insect infestation are taking their toll. As the trees dry, forest fires increase, sending more carbon into the atmosphere. The number of forest fires doubled in the 1980s and 90s from the previous decade and are expected to double again this century.

Nearly half of the carbon that exists on land is contained in the boreal forests that stretch across the northern latitudes of North America, Europe and Asia. Steven Kallick, an expert on the boreal forests comments that; "We are taking risks with a system we don't understand that is absolutely loaded with carbon. The impact could be enormous."

In the U.S. Southwest, rapidly growing population and a seven year drought is stressing water supplies. The situation is only expected to get worse as temperatures warm. One study predicted as much as a 20 percent decline in water supply, greater than water saving measures could compensate for.

The Colorado River basin has seen faster temperature growth than other parts of the U.S. and are now 1.5 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. While local officials have taken measures to develop more local sources of water, climate change will inevitably collide with population growth.

Finally, a study on children's health has shown that warmer temperatures increase the number of sick children. A two year study at a major children's hospital showed that for every five degree rise in temperature, two more children under six were admitted with fever. The study showed that children are less able to regulated their bodies against climate change than adults, increasing their risk of fever and gastric diseases.

While the more profound effects of global warming may be decades or centuries away, climate change is already making itself felt in many ways around the globe.

7 Comments:

At 11:13 PM, Blogger David Stefanini said...

I love the blog that you have. I was wondering if you would link my blog to yours and in return I would do the same for your blog. If you want to, my site name is American Legends and the URL is:

www.americanlegends.info

If you want to do this just go to my blog and in one of the comments just write your blog name and the URL and I will add it to my site.

Thanks,
David

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger Erie said...

Tim -- how can I contact you (other than comments) about the stories you've written?

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Erie said...

I guess it would help if I left some contact information, eh?

erie@bluestatedigital.com

 
At 8:10 PM, Blogger TheFlyingPig said...

Hi Tim, I sure believe it that global warming is well on its way to make our lives a more living hell on this so called planet earth we are living on right now. Your blogs are true because it is like summer weather right now in the month of March and it is just so weird!

I thought you and your readers might be interested in a project we're doing with the X Prize Foundation as they get ready to launch their next series of contests and challenges. We've (Zannel) just launched a contest where we ask people to upload short videos about what they think are the biggest issues/challenges facing humanity today. These can be science related, social, technological, or anything really. The X Prize foundation will use these video suggestions as they develop what will either be one 50 million dollar challenge, or several challenges totaling 50 million. They will even select a winner from our contest to be flown out to their Wirefly Cup later this year to see rockets and curious vehicles fly across the New Mexico desert.
The URL is http://www.zannel.com/XPrizeContest

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger N/A said...

I love your blog - do you have a link exchange?
I have a new gardening blog called http://www.thegardengossip.com

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger raighanendra said...

thanks for the blog

 
At 4:13 AM, Blogger alisha66 said...

Nice post. The global warming is defined as the process which deals with the heating up of the earth when the temperature of the earth rises. We can see the effect of global warning on various sectors.

 

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