Looking to fill that awkward pause during Thanksgiving dinner with some uncomfortable facts about climate change and the food just consumed? No, we’re probably not, either, but just in case, the infographic below gives some telling facts about the effects of extreme weather events on our national feast, including:
- A 33% increase in the price of pumpkins in Texas due to drought;
- A Midwest heat wave responsible for the death of 4,000 turkeys;
- A shortage of Viognier wine grapes in California due to an unusually cold spring
- Heavy rain decimating wheat in the Northwest and vegetables in the Northeast.
Droughts, floods and unseasonable temperatures have hit crops from pumpkins to wine grapes, leading to shortages and rising prices. And, as a panel of 220 scientists confirmed last week, we can expect more extreme weather due to global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in the decades to come. Perhaps the Thanksgiving table is as good a place as any to introduce the topic of human-caused climate change to Uncle Ned or Cousin Mabel. Thanksgiving may be more than a day to rest and digest; it could also be a learning opportunity.
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Infographic courtesy Resource Media (resource-media.org) Used with permission.