More of the Top 100 Effects of Global Warming

The post, “The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming,” has for several weeks running been the most popular post on the American Progress website. So I thought I would link to it (again). Here are some more interesting effects:

Farewell to Frogs
An estimated two-thirds of the 110 known species of harlequin frog in Central and South America have vanished since the 1980s due to the outbreak of a deadly frog fungus … brought on by global warming. Scientist J. Allen Pound: “Disease is the bullet killing frogs, but climate change is pulling the trigger.” [National Geographic]

Say Goodbye to Guacamole
Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory predict hotter temps will cause a 40 percent drop in California‘s avocado production over the next 40 years. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab]

Say Hello to Poison Ivy
You’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion. Increased CO2 levels cause poison ivy and other weeds to
grow “taller, lusher, and more resilient.” [LA Times]

2 Responses to More of the Top 100 Effects of Global Warming

  1. Ron says:

    Global warming cause diseases in frogs? How was that established? Or I wonder if maybe he just said that for the grant money ….

    And global warming makes the bad plants grow better, but hurts the good plants. Is that right?

  2. David B. Benson says:

    Ron — Some ‘good’ plants do better with increased CO2 concentrations. All plants have a temperature range for best growth.

    Frogs and other amphibians are suffering from a fungus infection. Perhaps the fungus does better in a warmer climate, but little more than what I just stated is actually known.