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How Climate Change is a Summer Bummer

A HUFFINGTON POST GRAPHIC TOO HOT Depending on our future greenhouse gas emissions, WHERE'S MY FOOD? Summery fruits like watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, melons, apples and many others are all pollinated, at least in part, by honeybees. An earlier spring and more erratic temperatures and weather anomalies could spell trouble for bee populations. Climate-induced environmental factors could play an increasing role in colony collapse disorder, which is already wreaking havoc on bee populations. U.S. temperatures are average expected to rise between 4° F and 11° F by 2100. According to the EPA, most of the U.S. will see more days above 90° F. Southern states that currently see about 60 days each year above 90 degrees may see 150 or more of these days by the end of the century. The hottest days may also be up to 10° F warmer in some areas. SUMMER BUMMER HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS A NO MORE GRAND FINALES Climate change may bring more drought to temperate areas and more wildfires in a hotter and drier Southwest. BYE BYE BEACHES With the risk of Hurricane Katrina-magnitude storm surges already doubled for the U.S., on top of already rising seas, climate change poses a significant risk to coastal areas. Storm-induced coastal erosion may one day put a damper on your scenic beach outings. With greater fire risks, some areas may have to kiss annual fireworks displays goodbye. Some municipalities in fire- and drought-hit areas already canceled fireworks in both 2011 and 2012. BUZZ OFF Rising temperatures will limit the range of the endangered Indiana Bat, meaning there will be fewer available to feed on mosquitoes in parts of the Midwest. Warmer winters in moderate TROUBLE BREWING Bad news for beer lovers: climate change may impact the price and quality of your favorite ice-cold brews. Although research has shown that barley, one of the main ingredients in beer, may adapt to climate change, U.S. breweries could still be impacted by climate-related water shortages and increased drought risks. latitudes could also mean more insects and increased risks for insect-borne diseases. Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, The Washington Post, Public Health Agency of Canada, Environmental Protection Agency, Cornell University, NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service, NBC News, ThinkProgress, ScienceDaily, Columbia University Water Center, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate Nexus THE HUFFINGTON POST

How Climate Change is a Summer Bummer

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The Fourth of July in the United States means backyard barbecues, beach outings and fireworks displays for millions of Americans. But thanks to climate change, some of your favorite activities face an...


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