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Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news Calmatters

Leaving Europe, governor says he’s talked enough, wants to ‘get something done’

Now [Gov. Jerry] Brown and his staff are mostly back in Sacramento. … He returns to a state where not everyone is in the thrall of the climate-crusader message. Critics in the environmental justice movement, for example, say laws to reduce pollution have not yet made lives better in many low-income communities still plagued by toxic air, water and soil—that Sacramento’s good intentions seem to be scrubbing clean every backyard but theirs.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Racing rising seas in the Bay Area: Design teams ‘float’ some big ideas

After months of study, ten carefully-picked design teams are unveiling their first ideas for giving the Bay Area a makeover to cope with rising sea levels. It’s the latest phase of the Resilient by Design challenge, which aims for nothing less than the remaking of waterfront communities with forward-looking design.

Aquafornia news Water in the West

News Release: Local management plans may not protect California groundwater from climate change risk

While hundreds of local agencies across California draft their plans to ensure the sustainability of groundwater basins, water experts say in a white paper released today [Nov. 14] that these state-mandated plans need to incorporate climate change impacts to be sustainable. The paper is intended to serve as a resource to help agencies do just that. The white paper was published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Stanford University’s Water in the West program.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Commentary: The U.S. is tackling global warming, even if Trump isn’t

Over the past two months, Americans have experienced or witnessed raging wildfires and devastating storms, from Santa Rosa, Calif., to San Juan, P.R. Warming seas, along with hotter and drier days, make these storms and fires more intense and destructive.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Schwarzenegger calls on climate activists to change methods

Movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants environmental activists to give more attention to immediate health hazards like air and water pollution.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

How climate change is affecting California

California could one day be uninhabitable. Fire. Heat. Floods. … Decamping for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Convention on Climate Change, California academics and political leaders were mulling how to better deploy the distressing projections to give unwary citizens a better understanding of what’s at stake and compel them to see the wisdom of embracing sustainability.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Acclaimed Layperson’s Guide set gets new addition on climate change

A new Layperson’s Guide to Climate Change and Water Resources, written by Gary Pitzer, is now available from the Water Education Foundation. This 20-page publication provides readers with the facts about the vitally important issue of climate change and how experts predict it will impact already stressed western water resources. The guide was produced with the help of a grant from the California Department of Water Resources.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Trump ignores climate change. That’s very bad for disaster planners.

In Washington, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is leading recovery efforts that could cost taxpayers more than $50 billion after devastating storms hit Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. At the same time, the agency is wrestling with an even harder problem: how to help communities prepare for future flooding disasters that could be far more severe than anything seen this year.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Why zero net energy farms can be next salvo in California’s climate change fight

Recent extreme weather events – drought, fires, storms, and mudslides – are a stark reminder of the effects climate change already has on California. … California’s agricultural industry, a bedrock of our economy, is uniquely poised to slash emissions by using renewable energy to power farms.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Congress hears ideas on altering clouds to offset climate change

[Philip J.] Rasch and [Joseph] Majkut are two climate specialists who testified Wednesday before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which held a subcommittee hearing on the potential for “geoengineering” — a catchall for proposals to directly cool the atmosphere or pull carbon emissions from it.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Global warming inspires, worries craft brewers

Two months after the heat wave that killed at least six Bay Area residents and sent the mercury to 107 degrees in San Rafael and 106 in San Francisco — an all-time record — brewers around the world are thinking about climate change. … Others are simply worried about ingredient supplies.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Global Warming: How Hot 25 U.S. Cities Will Be in the Year 2100

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Researchers at Climate Central have put together a handy tool which lets you see just how bad summers will get by 2100, if global warming predictions are accurate and nothing is done to stop the upward trend.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: How California Can Best Fight Climate Change

From the Los Angeles Times:

But now comes the harder part for many Californians: In 2015, AB 32 will begin to cover companies that produce transportation fuels, including gasoline. That means oil companies will begin paying for the greenhouse gases their products emit, a cost the oil companies say they will pass on to consumers.

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Commentary: Ranchers Coming Around on Global Warming

From the San Bernardino County Sun, in a commentary by Thomas Elias:

California ranchers are now among the first interest groups to realize that like it or not, global warming can no longer be denied with any semblance of accuracy. For very gradually, ranchers are seeing the grasslands they depend upon to feed their cattle begin to shrink and convert naturally to shrub land.

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

Video: Q&A with Acting Reclamation Commissioner Lowell Pimley — Climate Change and Drought

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley provides the second in a series of podcasts. In this question and answer session he discusses climate change and drought.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

News Release: CDFW to Host Third Installment of Speaker Series at Nimbus Hatchery

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is hosting its third speaker series with a presentation on the effects of climate change on salmon and steelhead trout in the American River. The event will be held at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Rancho Cordova on July 17 at 7 p.m.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California Rice Farmers Could Get Pollution Credit

From The Sacramento Bee:

California’s evolving cap-and-trade market may soon have a new player: rice farmers. …

The program, called the Rice Cultivation Projects Compliance Offset Protocol, is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and run for a 10-year period.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Second Try Puts Carbon Observatory Into Orbit

From The New York Times:

NASA’s new spacecraft to sniff carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Blog: Climate Change a Risky Business for America’s Agriculture

From the Environmental Defense Fund EDF Voices: People on the Planet blog, in a post by Rebecca Shaw:

Nobody escapes climate change, especially not farmers. The report released this week by a group of prominent and politically diverse business leaders and public officials stood out, in part, because of the alarming losses it forecasts for America’s agricultural industry.

Aquafornia news New York Times

A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges

From The New York Times:

Scanning the army of ghostly spikes protruding from the sand here one [Borth, Wales] recent morning, Dr.

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