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Climate Tidbits 2021

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

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  • 2021 was the 6th warmest on record. But here's the deal. According to NASA, the seven hottest years on record have been the last seven

  • NASA’s temperature analysis shows the Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, satellites show a decline in the region’s sea ice extent of about 13% per decade.

  • Satellites also show the ocean is warming at an unprecedented rate, with 2021 marking the hottest ocean temperatures and the highest global sea levels ever recorded.

Source for the above: 2021 Tied for 6th Warmest Year in Continued Trend, NASA Analysis Shows, NASA, 1/13/22

  • By 2030, 8 years from now, crop yields of Maize are projected to decrease by 24%. These are grown in many areas but especially in land closer to the equator where temperature increases will be felt the most creating displacement of those communities. Wheat production is expected to increase by 17% in northern areas of the US, China, and Canada as examples.

Source: Climate Impacts on Global Agriculture Emerge Earlier in New Generation of Climate and Crop Models, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 11/1/2021

  • In the past certain natural disasters followed predictable patterns allowing communities and households to prepare for them. With the Earth becoming warmer, there is increased energy the atmosphere and oceans. These have extended wildfire and drought seasons, intensified hurricanes, and increased coastal flooding. All of which has made former patterns more unreliable.

Source: Remembering 2021's Disasters; Era of Climate Disasters; NASA, 1/13/22

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