Climate change & water supply


Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Obama Appoints Brown, Garcetti to Climate-Change Task Force

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov.
Aquafornia news Associated Press

Report: Warming Likely to Make Bad Things Worse

From the Associated Press:

“Many of the ills of the modern world – starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease – are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Pacific Ocean Warming Faster than It has in 10,000 Years, Study Finds

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Scientists have struggled to explain a recent slowdown in the rise of global surface temperatures while skeptics have seized on the 15-year lull to cast doubt on the science of climate change.

“A new study offers one explanation of where much of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions is going: the ocean.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Brown’s Climate Pact Contains Lofty Goals But No Money or Staffers

From The Sacramento Bee:

“In some parts of the country, talk about the need to combat climate change can be viewed as downright subversive.

So Gov. Jerry Brown and the leaders of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia are to be commended for gathering in San Francisco this week to sign a pact in which they agree to work collaboratively to fight climate change. The question comes down to follow-through.”

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News Release: California Agencies Release Draft Action Plan for Water, Ask for Input and Dialogue

From the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Food and Agriculture:

“The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture today released a detailed draft action plan to help guide state efforts and resources on one of California’s most important resources, water.

“The California Water Action Plan will focus on the reliability of our water supply, the needed ecosystem restoration to bring our water system back into balan

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Fracking and Reducing Climate Change — Can Jerry Brown Have It Both Ways?

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Climate Change Pact Sends a Message

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Climate change may still be a taboo topic in Congress. But the West Coast of the United States – and Canada – is leading the charge to tackle the issue.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Climate Change Pact Signed by California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement Monday committing the Canadian province and the three states to coordinate global-warming policies.

“Each state and the Canadian province promised to take roughly a dozen actions, including streamlining permits for solar and wind projects, better integrating the electric power grid, supporting more research on ocean acidification and expanding government purch

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Clean Energy Pact with Two States, Canadian Province

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new pact Monday to formally align California’s clean energy policies with those of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. …

“The agreement commits all four governments to work toward ways to put a price on carbon pollution, require the use of lower-carbon gasoline and set goals for reducing greenhouse gases across the region.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

West Coast States and BC to Link Climate Policies

From the Associated Press:

“The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province official are joining forces in a new effort to fight climate change.

“In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels.”



Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Rising Sea Levels Threat to Ports, Experts Say

From the Orange County Register:

“Due to rising sea levels, storms will make it more likely that the Port of Long Beach’s wharves will be damaged, critical roads submerged and utilities harmed, bringing activity at one of the state’s economic hubs to a disruptive lurch, experts say. …

“Predictions show that by 2100, the water will rise between 55 and 66 inches above its current level.”

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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Fighting to Fend Off the Sea

From U-T San Diego:

“With sea level projected to rise by up to a meter by the end of the century, property owners, state regulators and environmentalists are debating whether to fortify the coastline against advancing seas, or to retreat inland. …

“In its landmark climate report released last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that sea level rose by more than seven inches over the last century, and is projected to rise between 10 and 38 inches by the end of this century.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: Temperatures Go Off the Charts Around 2047

From the Associated Press:

“Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043.

“And eventually the whole world in 2047.”

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Blog: Groundwater and Climate Change in California

From the California WaterBlog of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences in a post by Andrew Fisher, Graham Fogg, Joshua Viers, Jay Lund, Ruth Langridge and Patricia Holden:

“For all the talk of climate change adaptation, California has yet to comprehensively address the effects of warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns on the state’s limited groundwater resources.

“To start the process, several of the leading University of California faculty and researchers on California groundwater recently met with staff of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists Call for More Controlled Burns in West’s Forests

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Some of the West’s leading fire scientists are calling for the increased use of managed burns to reduce fuel levels in the region’s forests, warning that climate change is leaving them more vulnerable to large, high-severity wildfires.

“In a paper published Friday in the journal Science, seven fire and forest ecologists say the rate of fuel reduction and restoration treatments is far below what is needed to help sustain forest landscapes in an era of rising temperatures and increased drought.”

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Commentary: What New Climate Report Says, What Needs to Be Done

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, in a commentary by Eric Pooley:

“The people who are paid to spread doubt and confusion about our changing climate have been working overtime this week, because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body that includes thousands of the world’s best climate scientists, has just issued its latest assessment. …
Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Yosemite’s Largest Ice Mass is Melting Fast

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say. …

“The Sierra Nevada Mountains have roughly 100 remaining glaciers, two of them in Yosemite.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

News Release: How Global Change Will Impact Mercury Around the World

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

“Rising global temperatures and changing human actions will significantly affect the behavior and distribution of mercury worldwide, according to a recent article by the U.S. Geological Survey and Harvard University. …

“Several seemingly unconnected aspects of climate change are expected to affect mercury at the global scale, according to the article.

Aquafornia news New York Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Climate Panel Says Upper Limit on Emissions Is Nearing

From the New York Times:

“For the first time, the world’s top climate scientists on Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases while warning that it is likely to be exceeded within decades if emissions continue at a brisk pace, underscoring the profound challenge humanity faces in bringing global warming under control.

“A panel of experts appointed by the United Nations, unveiling its latest assessment of climate research, reinforced its earlier conclusions that global warming is real, that it is caused primarily if not exclusively by human emissions, and that

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Commentary: Busting Myths About Water Shortage

From U-T San Diego:

“The Colorado River Basin has a problem: the ongoing drought that began in 2000 is one of the worst in a thousand years. While demand for water continues to grow, climate change is causing supplies to dwindle. We need to take aggressive steps now toward solving this imbalance and protecting the vibrant economy of the Southwest.

“The right resources are being brought to bear.