Take an amusing quiz to learn about unexpected effects of Climate Change. After each multiple choice question, you see if you were right (and the right answer if you weren't).
ALS and Alzheimer's from cyanobacterial blooms due to changing climate - we don't have enough problems already!
Global climate change could be behind the rise in blue-green algae blooms across northern Ontario, at least according to a renowned Canadian ecosystem scientist.
"We're trying to figure out what triggers the cyanobacteria blooms in landscapes that are historically not known to have had these...blooms," ...
"We're looking at the interactive effects of warmer temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, more intense storms, and how that changes the supply of nutrients from the land to the water."
... what is happening in the forest can also have a big effect on what is going on in the lakes. As temperatures increase, the type of trees and length of the growing season is changing.
"The combination of those two factors means that later in the fall, you're having a fresh supply of nutrients that's hitting that forest floor, that could then be driving a next wave of algal blooms in the lakes."
Creed says understanding the conditions under which blue-green algae is produced is the key to predicting how humans might be affected. Toxins in cyanobacteria have been linked to neurological conditions, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease.
This author thinks it will be chimpanzees.
"Let's run through some of the potential criteria for human intelligence. How about something crucial, like our use of tools and technology? Humans don't have a monopoly on this - birds can use tools in a very basic way as part of their foraging, and even incredibly simple organisms like cephalopods are known to cover themselves in coconut shells for camouflage. But it's chimpanzees that really approach human levels of tool use - they've shown signs of flexible tool use, and a 2007 study revealed chimpanzees sharpened their sticks to use as spears, which is the first systematic use of a weapon ever observed outside humans."
~ Alasdair Wilkins, If humanity went extinct, what species would replace us?
I don't agree. I think the replacement of humans will not be a mammal! It will be an insect, a cockroach!
Kafka wrote about his feelings, the feelings of the society, and of examining themes of detachment, apprehension, guilt, and shame. Remember his book, "The "Metamorphosis?" The main character turned into a bug, an insect.
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."
When I was in Germany, I saw a statue of a man with his head split open and an insect emerging, kind of like a cicada.
I remember listening to the audiobook of The World Without Us by Alan Weisman; it's an eye-opening account of what might happen if one day humans simply vanished from the earth.
Without maintenance to fix leaks, many buildings would rot and crumble; and the last of our artifacts to survive might be made of brass and ceramics. I don't remember his prediction of a particular species taking over. Our pets wouldn't last long.
Climate change is making lakes and coastal waters brown with suspended organic matter at the same time that warmer water supports more toxic bacteria. Ultraviolet light can't penetrate brown water as well, so the bacteria aren't disinfected. End result - increasing illness from waterborne disease.
“We were able to determine that in some cases, browning is decreasing the ability of sunlight to disinfect water by a factor of 10. This could have serious implications for drinking water supplies and coastal fisheries across the globe.”
....surface waters will become more and more dangerous. This will be compounded directly by the reality that as temperatures continue climbing, pathogenic bacteria will become more and more common in surface waters anyways. [emphasis mine]
Thanks for the concise explanation!
Outdoor sports already being hampered by pollution.
A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted on Sunday with claims players were “continuously vomiting” due to hazardous pollution levels in the Indian capital.
Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer yesterday than Jacksonville, Florida.
Sea level rise threatens the internet. I didn't see that one coming!
... critical communications infrastructure that could be submerged by rising seas in as soon as 15 years,...
... the buried fiber optic cables, data centers, traffic exchanges and termination points that are the nerve centers, arteries and hubs of the vast global information network.
Many of the conduits at risk are already close to sea level and only a slight rise in ocean levels due to melting polar ice and thermal expansion as climate warms will be needed to expose buried fiber optic cables to sea water.
... unlike the marine cables that ferry data from continent to continent under the ocean, they are not waterproof.
Risk to the physical internet ... is coupled to the large population centers that exist on the coasts, which also tend to be the same places where the transoceanic marine cables that underpin global communication networks come ashore. "The landing points are all going to be underwater in a short period of time,"...
Oh! Great! We have this wonderful (full of wonder) technology and didn't plan and didn't know to plan for rising seas.
I hear a faint echo of an old tale of a fox (full of wits) and an owl (with one wit) and the one-witted bird saved both herself and the fox.
~ Aesop Fable, The fox and owl.
It seems to also echo a wise old man who noted, "Too clever is dumb."
~ Ogden Nash
Climate change may be responsible for widespread vitamin B-1 deficiency in fish, birds, moose, etc.
… a widespread environmental thiamine deficiency.
Imbalances in phytoplankton and bacteria, both of which are primary producers of thiamine and other B vitamins, could account for the problem …
Warming waters due to climate change could explain the seawater vitamin scarcity, ... Warmer temperatures speed bacterial growth, making the microbes consume more B vitamins than they produce—gobbling up the vitamins before the phytoplankton can take their share.
Sañudo-Wilhelmy says that the growing number of toxic cyanobacteria blooms occurring around the world could cause similar thiamine deficiencies ...