If you thought you could go untouched by global warming, think again.
Mic Check Radio, another project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, has compiled a list of 100 effects of global warming. Some are humorous, some are poignant, but it’s altogether serious and worth reading to the end.
To highlight a few of their favorites:
More Bear Attacks
Earlier this year, Moscow warned its citizens to beware of brown bear attacks. In Russia, it’s been too hot in the winter for bears to sleep. When bears can’t hibernate, they get very grouchy and become “unusually aggressive.” [Der Spiegel]
Say Hello to Bulgarian Hooker Shortages
“Brothel owners in Bulgaria are blaming global warming for staff shortages. They claim their best girls are working in ski resorts because a lack of snow has forced tourists to seek other pleasures.” [Metro UK]
Say Hello to Really Tacky Fake Ski Vacations
Weiner Air Force and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey are building a year-round ski resort in Texas, with “wet, white Astroturf with bristles” standing in for snow to make up for all the closed resorts around the country. [WSJ]
Death in the Time of Cholera
Cholera, which thrives in warmer water, appeared in the newly warmed waters of South America in 1991 for the first time in the 20th century. “It swept from Peru across the continent and into Mexico, killing more than 10,000 people.” [Washington Post]
Say Goodbye to Baseball
The future of the ash tree–from which all baseball bats are made–is in danger of disappearing, thanks to a combination of killer beetles and global warming. [NY Times]