Climate change & water supply

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Climate change & water supply

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Lake Tahoe clarity on the decline; experts blame climate change (with video)

UC Davis scientists from the Tahoe Environmental Research Center have been measuring the lake’s water clarity for nearly 50 years. The latest data shows a big drop in how far down the human eye can see into the lake.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

‘Cool pavement’ to cut urban street heat gets first California tryout in Canoga Park

The morning temperature of the black asphalt in the middle of a nearby intersection read 93 degrees. The new light gray surface on Jordan Avenue read a cool 70 — on what would turn out to be the first heat wave of the year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Go West, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Climate change taking toll on clarity of Lake Tahoe water

Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in reversing the loss of clarity of the cobalt mountain lake, scientists say.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

News Release: Decline in Lake Tahoe clarity

Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2016 increased in winter and decreased in summer in 2016. The summer values were due to the continuing effects of climate change, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis. The summer declines were so large that they outweighed the improving winter clarity.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Report outlines new strategy for stretching Rio Grande water supply

A conservation group working in the American West has proposed a dramatic solution to water woes in the Rio Grande basin. … The problem, according the report, titled “The Rio Grande: Rethinking Rivers in the 21st Century,” is that Elephant Butte Reservoir’s large size combined with its shallow depth make its water exceptionally vulnerable to evaporation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rising sea levels could mean twice as much flood risk in Los Angeles and other coastal cities

The effects of rising oceans on coastal flooding may be even worse than we thought. Scientists have found that a mere 10 to 20 centimeters of sea-level rise — which is expected by 2050 — will more than double the frequency of serious flooding events in many parts of the globe, including along the California coastline.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: The future of California’s unique salmon and trout: Good news, bad news

California is a hot spot for endemic species, those found nowhere else in the world. Among these species are 20 kinds of salmon and trout. That is an astonishing number considering California is also literally a hot-spot in terms of summer temperatures and that these salmonids are cold-water adapted. These 20 endemic are joined by 12 other species with broader distributions, north along the Pacific Coast.

Aquafornia news ProPublica

Trump’s expected pick for top USDA scientist is not a scientist

The USDA’s research section studies everything from climate change to nutrition. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, its leader is supposed to serve as the agency’s “chief scientist” and be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”

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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Commentary: What Global Warming Looks Like Up Close

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Karin Klein:

The Arctic is ground zero for climate change research because the effects of warming were seen first this far north, and continue to be experienced here most dramatically.

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