Forget polar bears: Global warming will hit the tropics first

In the next decade, the tropics will suffer unprecedented climate change effects, long before the Arctic and its polar bears see big shifts.

Amber-eyed jaguars could soon boot out polar bears as king of adorable, furry species nearing extinction because of global warming.
In the next 10 years, the tropics will suffer “unprecedented” climate change effects, long before the Arctic and its polar bears see big shifts, according to an analysis of global warming trends published today (Oct. 9) in the journal Nature.
But the study goes far beyond simply highlighting the plight of tropical plants and animals. For the first time, researchers have pinpointed individual tipping points, the years when each of the world’s capitals will see climate extremes become the norm. New York City is fated to flip over to hotter temperatures in 2047, give or take five years, if carbon dioxide emissions continue at current levels, researchers say.
“The coldest year in the future will be hotter than the hottest year in the past [150 years],” said Camilo Mora, lead study author and a geographer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

The planet’s climate forecast also includes ocean acidity, new rainfall patterns and sea level rise.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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