Dead Cattle, Dead Trees

Debilitating drought devastates Brazil

Dead Cattle

Also: Widespread Devastation Found in 2010 Amazon Megadrought

“To say the effects were severe is putting it lightly,” says forest ecologist Gregory Asner of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Palo Alto, California, who led the research.

“The whole system is stressed out and falling apart,” Asner says.

The data “are bad news,” he says, because they suggest climate change could dramatically affect forests in the next few decades. “This isn’t a year 2100 thing.”

NOAA sees sea level rise of up to 6.6 feet by 2100

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest assessment, similar to others in recent years, also says higher sea levels — regardless of the extent of global warming — won’t stop in 2100. It says 8 million people live in U.S. coastal areas at risk of flooding and many of the nation’s military, energy and commercial assets are located at or near the ocean.

2012 Hottest, Most Extreme Year in Entire US History

Finally, recent NOAA reports make clear that much more record-breaking extreme weather is in our near future:

Anybody still think we don’t have a planetary emergency on our hands?

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