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).
I only got 16 out of 30 correct. Great Quiz. Loren, take a look at Question #8.
Deadly Chinese hornets are on the rise, because Winter temperatures are milder.
Over the last few weeks, giant, deadly hornets have killed more than two dozen people in China, the result of bizarre weather patterns there that have allowed the bugs to proliferate.
Attacks by giant hornets, most likely the 5-centimeter (2-inch) Vespa mandarinia, have left hundreds injured and 28 people dead, mostly in the Shaanxi region of northwest China. Some victims reported being chased for hundreds of meters and stung — some up to 200 times — by swarms of the insects traveling 40 km/h (25 mph).
The venom contains an enzyme that can dissolve human tissue, and too much of it can also bring renal failure or death.
A local fire department has removed over 300 hornet nests since July. This year, fatalities from hornet attacks are twice the normal average. The hornets have attacked people in the region in previous years, but Zhou Yuanhong, a Shaanxi health official, said that this year was “unusually severe, possibly because of weather changes.” Experts say that the hornets breed more successfully in warmer temperatures.
... the warmer winter temperatures allow more of the insects to survive through the season:
The average winter temperature in Ankang rose 1.10 ℃ in the span of a few years alone, allowing more hornets to survive the winter. And it’s not just China; rising temperatures are behind the spread of another deadly Chinese hornets species, vespa velutina, in South Korea and Europe.
Climate models suggest that vespa velutina is more likely to invade areas of Europe where there are higher densities of beehives, as well as large areas of the Unites States this century.
The hornets are not just a danger to humans — their primary prey is honeybees. Thirty hornets can easily take out a 30,000-strong bee colony in a few hours. [emphasis mine]
Thanks for your interest, Joan. Hornet attacks have now killed 42 people in China and injured over 1,500.
Climate Destabilization causing Parkinson's Disease? Here's the connection: Climate Destabilization increases hurricane strength, hurricanes flood buildings, flooded buildings grow mold, which releases mushroom alcohol, that attacks the dopamine system.
Hurricanes flood houses, resulting in mold. Mold releases mushroom alcohol, which attacks the dopamine system.
Scientists at Rutgers and Emory universities have discovered that a compound often emitted by mold may be linked to symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Arati Inamdar and Joan Bennett, researchers in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, used fruit flies to establish the connection between the compound -- popularly known as mushroom alcohol -- and the malfunction of two genes involved in the packaging and transport of dopamine, the chemical released by nerve cells to send messages to other nerve cells in the brain. [emphasis mine]
Thanks for the site Ruth. Very important information. Bulldozing the Philippine flooded area, with heavy breathing equipment for the cleanup crews seems in order.
I will take the quiz Ruth and see how I do. Reading back on all your posts here
The levels of CO2 expected incoming decades make Roundup less effective. We can expect farmers to dump much more of it on our food.
...glyphosate, the widely used herbicide marketed by Monsanto as Roundup, "loses its efficacy on weeds grown at CO2 levels projected to occur in the coming decades." And that means "higher concentrations of the chemical and more frequent sprayings thus will be needed, increasing economic and environmental costs associated with chemical use."
Our family is preparing to grow more of our own food. Homegrown not only tastes better, it provides training and experience to my great-grandchildren. I'm reposting.
Four foot tropical jelly invades British river.
A monster barrel jellyfish has been spotted for the first time floating along - a British river.
The giant creature measuring around 4ft from head to tentacle was seen drifting along Cornwall's Helford River.
Several of the massive creatures have been found washed up on UK beaches in recent weeks but the latest invader was seen half a mile inland.
Barrel jellyfish are usually found in more tropical areas such as the Mediterranean sea.
Train derailments, another effect of Climate Destabilization.
You can add ‘sun kinks,’ or railways that buckle in extreme heat, causing derailments, to the list of things that are already taking a toll on U.S. transportation, a problem that figures to grow significantly as the U.S. warms.
Intense heat expands the metal, curving and misaligning rails that become a danger to the trains gliding over them.
Considering the increasing amount of hazardous materials and number of passengers being transported by rail in the U.S., that could have disastrous consequences.
Railroads are currently seeing a giant increase in the amount of some hazardous materials they carry. Because of a hydraulic fracturing boom, crude oil shipments by rail spiked from 9,500 carloads in 2009 to nearly 400,000 carloads in 2013,...
Sun kinks have already caused ... about 50 derailments a year, on average.
Sun kinks and other track buckling incidents are among the costliest the rail industry deals with today, with damage running roughly $1 million per derailment, excluding injuries, fatalities and evacuations,...
The heat waves that scorched much of the U.S. in 2012 ... Blaming “the unusually high and prolonged record-breaking temperatures” that affected much of the U.S. that summer, the advisory detailed four major train derailments that resulted from sun kinks within the span of about two weeks.
Track buckling in extreme heat is difficult to detect ahead of time because it can happen suddenly and without warning,...
Climate Destabilization makes land mines more dangerous.
... the linkage between landmines and climate change. Yes, you read that right; it is not a typo. The story comes from the floods that Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina have been suffering. According to a U.S. Department Of State Media Note, heavy rains in the Balkans have caused widespread flooding that has led to the possible shifting and uncovering of some of the 120,000 landmines remaining from the 1992-1995 conflict associated with the break-up of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The floodwaters also may have washed away many of the markers delineating the minefields. In addition, the de-mining companies are facing clearance operations in new and unfamiliar circumstances - assessing large areas, clearing mines from landslides, and conducting underwater de-mining.