The Daily PlanetWatch for Thursday, July 11
- Baked Alaska. Residents of Anchorage celebrated July 4th in sweltering heat, but that's just one day of an alarming trend in the Arctic. The region is warming twice as fast than anywhere else on the planet. As reported in Inside Climate News, wildfires have burned 1.2 million acres so far this year. Temperatures year-to-date in Alaska are 7.9 degrees Fahrenheit above average according to the latest NOAA Climate Anomalies Report. We ignore what is happening in the North at our own peril.
- Just another day in the city. Whatever city you may live in or near in the world the typical weather you're used to now will exist only in history books by 2050. A recent study released today in PLOS ONE compares current weather patterns with the most conservative estimates of what the "most conservative estimate of what the climate will be for 520 major cities by 2050" Just like species, climate change is forcing weather to migrate as well. Get used to it.
- 1000 endangered and protected jaguars are dead because of one (sad, little) man. Ever seen a jaguar in the wild? You probably never will.
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