Climate change & water supply

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Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Adapting to an uncertain water future

As the world’s biggest climate meeting continues in Poland this week, the growing threats from climate change―and the lack of large-scale action to match the risks―have been much in the news. Global, national, and statewide assessments all point to severe consequences if greenhouse gas emissions are not greatly reduced. Evidence is growing that climate change is a “threat multiplier,” increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters worldwide and here in California.

Aquafornia news California Institute for Water Resources, University of California, Ag & Natural Resources

Blog: Documenting California drought as an undocumented researcher

Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine where her research focuses on the effects of climate change and drought on plants and soils.

Your research is on water transport in plants and how that might be shifting with climate change. Can you tell us a little more about what you are studying?

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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Aquafornia news Associated Press

U.S. Mayors to Use Nature to Fight Climate Change

From the Associated Press:

Attendees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors will vote Monday on a resolution that encourages cities to use natural solutions to “protect freshwater supplies, defend the nation’s coastlines, maintain a healthy tree cover and protect air quality,” sometimes by partnering with nonprofit organizations.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

White House Checks Out S.F.’s Plan to Save Ocean Beach

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

San Francisco’s Ocean Beach may be one long stretch of sand, but no fewer than six government bureaucracies are tasked with keeping it and the neighboring Great Highway from washing away as winter storms and rising seas batter them.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Cities Must Prepare for Climate Change or Get Sued

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

While Congress is still mired in climate-change denial, insurance companies have no doubt about climate change. For them, the only question is: Who pays for its effects?

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Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: Reservoirs Affect the Movement of Carbon in Large Rivers of the Central and Western United States

From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

“A recent study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences found that a combination of climate and human activities (diversion and reservoirs) controls the movement of carbon in two large western river basins, the Colorado and the Missouri Rivers.”

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Commentary: Climate Change Would Drown Parts of San Mateo County

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Jon Christensen and Eric Rodenbeck:

“Climate change can seem abstract. But if you live by the bay, it shouldn’t.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

U.S. Hottest Spots of Warming — Northeast, Southwest

From the Associated Press:

“The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Historic EPA Global Warming Rules: How Will They Affect California?

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“The Obama administration’s announcement Monday of sweeping new rules aimed at curbing global warming emissions from power plants could boost profits at Silicon Valley companies that make solar panels, energy efficiency software and other clean technology.”

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