8 global warming effects that may surprise you
Canada looking more like America"Lusher" vegetation growth typically associated with the United States is now becoming more common in Canada, scientists reported in a 2012 Nature Climate Change study. NASA
Climate change forces insurers to charge moreTravelers Insurance CEO Jay Fishman, speaking on CNBC in 2013, said his company has increased premiums by 6 percent for the past three years because of weather-related disasters.Tony Arruza/CORBIS
Iconic Western forests decimated by beetlesSince 1996, bark beetles have decimated an area roughly the size of Washington State. One reason: Recent winters haven't been cold enough to kill off the beetles.Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP. Inset: R. Baker & S.B. Bambara/NC State.
"Food-flation" hits your walletThe 2012-13 massive drought hit crops and livestock hard, and triggered increases in many food prices, especially dairy and meat.
AllergiesAllergy sufferers beware: A leading researcher has warned that climate change could cause pollen counts to more than double in the next 30 years.
Climate change threatens national securityIn 2013, U.S. Pacific Command Chief Adm. Samuel J. Locklear said rising sea levels can destabilize global security as residents of flood-stricken countries become refugees.©EU/ECHO/Martin Karimi via Flickr
Lyme disease alertWarmer temperatures are contributing to the range expansion and severity of tick-borne Lyme disease.Map: American Lyme Disease Foundation
And lookout: Infectious diseases could get worse.In Bangladesh, for example, a rise in water temperature has been observed to increase the risk of a cholera outbreak by two to five times. Anupam Nath/AP
We can have a better world than this
- Canada looking like America: Amplified Greenhouse Effect Shifts North's Growing Season, NASA
- Insurers charging more: Why Insurers May Be Unprepared for the Next Big Storm, CNBC
- Beetle invasion: U.S. Forest Service Bark Beetle Fact Sheet [PDF], 2012 Aerial Survey Results
- Food-flation hits your wallet: Food Price Outlook, 2013, USDA ERS
- National security threat: Climate Change Is the Biggest Threat in the Pacific, Says Top U.S. Admiral, Boston Globe via Wired.com
- Lyme disease alert: Reported cased of Lyme disease by state or locality, 2002-2011, CDC
- Spread of infectious diseases: Climate change and human health - risks and responses, Ch. 13 [PDF]Critical factors influencing the occurrence of Vibrio cholerae in the Environment of Bangladesh