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Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Palo Alto, East Palo Alto could be hit hard by sea level rise

Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are among several regional bayside cities that could flood 26 times a year by 2060 if the global sea level rises by a “moderate” 4 feet, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Climate change could mean a much wetter California

Californians have been bracing themselves for a drier future accompanying a warming climate. But research by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, suggests that the state may actually get wetter in the event of severe climate change.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Imperial Beach, two counties sue fossil fuel companies for money to deal with sea level rise

Several coastal municipalities in California on Monday filed lawsuits against more than three dozen oil and coal corporations for what they said are billions of dollars in property damage costs associated with climate change.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin sues energy companies over climate risks

Marin County sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. The lawsuit was part of a coordinated litigation attack by Marin, San Mateo County and the city of Imperial Beach.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Mateo County slaps 37 fossil fuel firms with emissions lawsuit

San Mateo County on Monday filed a lawsuit against dozens of fossil fuel companies, alleging they are complicit in issues leading to sea level rise. … The county alleges costs to its communities from the fuels’ effects already exceed $40 million — upward of $1 billion for parcels at risk to near-term flooding and $39.1 billion or more for assets exposed to long-term flooding and erosion.

Aquafornia news Massachusetts Institute of Technology News

News Release: Climate change to deplete some US water basins, reduce irrigated crop yields

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Scientists expect floods in Bay Area from rising seas in coming decades

Coastal neighborhoods in several Bay Area cities are likely to face such frequent flooding from rising sea levels over the next century that residents will simply pack up and leave, according to a new study of the effects of climate change. … Many Bay Area cities are already taking action to combat sea level rise, creating seawalls, implementing new building codes that require more resilient homes and businesses, and expanding wetlands to absorb high water.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Orange County coast could be subject to chronic flooding as sea levels rise, new study finds

Imagine your street or even your house being flooded 26 times a year. Rising sea levels could make chronic flooding a reality for some Southern California communities in less than 50 years, according to a study released Wednesday from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Sacramento shouldn’t be trying to get you to eat more beef

If we’re going to truly address climate change, it’s simply no longer possible to ignore the profound consequences of animal agriculture. … On top of that, we all remember California’s drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica

A vast iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie has broken off from a key floating ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists said Wednesday.

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.
Aquafornia news Associated Press

Money Men Tally Cost of Climate Change

From the Associated Press:

Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience.

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