Not in Eighty Years But Now: Global Food, Climate Casinos, New Orleans

How 2030 is the new 2100: Global Food Yields Already Dropping from Abrupt Climate Change // July 12, 2019

2030 is the new 2100. Climate change is ALREADY reducing global food yields TODAY, with an average 1% annual reduction in the worlds top ten global crops, providing 83% of food calories to humanity: top ten food crops:

  • barley, cassava, maize (corn), oil palm,
  • rapeseed (canola),rice, sorghum,
  • soybean, sugarcane, wheat.

Most reduced: oil palm (-13.4%); increased: soybeans (+3.5%).

Negatively affected regions are Europe, South Africa, and Australia; +ve is Latin America; mixed is Asia, North and Central America.

Growing season temperatures over all harvested areas is up 0.5 to 1.2 C since the early 1970s.
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Step Right Up in the Climate Casino: New Orleans Looks to Be Next // July 10, 2019

Once again, New Orleans, LA (NOLA) is threatened with inundation, which could result in yet another water-world type flooding disaster. About a week ago, the European forecast models projected a low pressure region developing and passing southward from land into the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening into a potential hurricane in the exceptionally warm ocean surface waters, and then looping back ashore near NOLA. Unfortunately, this projection is playing out (more notes below)
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Grave Flooding Risks in New Orleans, LA: Yet Again // July 10, 2019

(Continues from above:)  The tropical storm, likely to become Hurricane Barry will dump several feet of water around and inside the city within a few short days. This huge amount of water will add to the already swollen, record duration flooding of the Mississippi River, which is at great risk of overtopping levees, flooding the city yet again..
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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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