Climate change & water supply


Climate change & water supply

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Alameda Point Studies Threat of Rising Sea Level

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Plan on moving to Alameda Point someday? You might want to pack a swimsuit and snorkel.

“Much of the former Naval Air Station – site of a projected 1,425-home development – will be underwater by the end of the century due to sea level rise brought on by climate change, according to the city’s draft environmental impact report on the project released this month.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

What 95% Certainty of Warming Means to Scientists

From The Associated Press:

“There’s a mismatch between what scientists say about how certain they are and what the general public thinks the experts mean, specialists say.

“That is an issue because this week, scientists from around the world have gathered in Stockholm for a meeting of a U.N.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle in a commentary by Columnist David Sirota

Commentary: Flooding Proves We Need Climate Change Planning

From the San Francisco Chronicle in a commentary by Columnist David Sirota:

“Two months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state’s chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about the ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing and unbridled drilling.”

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Aquafornia news Politico

Obama’s Coming Climate Crackdown

From Politico:

“The Obama administration is about to take a major step forward on climate change — a crucial piece of a long-term strategy to join other countries in tackling the Earth’s environmental woes, but one sure to fuel a furious GOP counterattack in 2014.

“The proposed rule, expected Friday from the Environmental Protection Agency, won’t cut any carbon immediately and won’t come anywhere near the sweeping mandate of the cap-and-trade plan that died in the Senate three years ago.”

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Global Warming Slows — But Scientists Not Reassured

From The Associated Press:

“Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.

“Leaked documents show there are deep concerns among governments about how to address the issue ahead of next week’s meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Magazine City Think Blog

Blog: The Prophet of California Climate — A Dialogue With Bill Patzert

From the Los Angeles Magazine City Think Blog:

“We set out to have a question and answer session with Bill Patzert, a climatologist with Caltech’s NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. What we intended was a Q&A about how climate change will affect California’s water supply in the coming years.
Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

News Release: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Testimony Before House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“In June, the President reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon pollution when he directed many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to take meaningful steps to mitigate the current and future damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and to prepare for the anticipated climate changes that have already been set in motion.
Aquafornia news Center for American Progress

News Release: 10 Truths that Should Be Said at This Week’s House Climate Change Hearing

From the Center for American Progress:

“This Wednesday, September 18, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee will conduct a long-overdue hearing on climate change. It is unfortunately not to seek scientific facts from reputable institutions, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, and similar experts, as requested 27 times by Ranking Committee and Subcommittee Members Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL).
Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio Represent! blog

Blog: Farmers Tell Democrats How Climate Change Affects Crops

From the KPCC Southern California Public Radio Represent! blog:

“Democrats frustrated with the lack of Congressional action on global warming are trying a new tactic: focusing on how climate change is affecting Americans in various ways. The bicameral Task Force on Climate Change has in the past examined the growing threat of wildfires, and also profiled clean energy companies and their effect on the U.S.
Aquafornia news New York Times

A Climate Alarm, Too Muted for Some

From the New York Times:

“This month, the world will get a new report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change. Scientists will soon meet in Stockholm to put the finishing touches on the document, and behind the scenes, two big fights are brewing.”

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Aquafornia news KQED Science Blog

Blog: Warming Climate Could Transform Bay Area Parks and Open Space

From the KQED Science Blog:

“It may not be an official record, but by some accounts, more open space has been preserved in the San Francisco Bay Area than in any other major U.S. metropolitan area. More than a million acres are permanently protected from development – that’s almost one-third of the 4.5 million acres that make up the 10-county region.

“Now, with temperatures on the rise, land managers and scientists are beginning to ask how the Bay Area’s landscape will withstand climate change.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog

Blog: Climate Activist Author Stops in Fresno on Book Tour

From the Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog:

“Author Bill McKibben, who is an award-winning journalist and a climate activist, will speak Saturday at Fresno City College as part of his latest book tour.”

Read more from the Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog


Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Population Growth Increases Climate Fear

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“California has 157 endangered or threatened species, looming water shortages, eight of the 10 most air-polluted cities in the country and 725 metric tons of trash washing up on its coast each year.

“California also has 38 million people, up 10 percent in the last decade …

“For various reasons, linking the world’s rapid population growth to its deepening environmental crisis, including climate change, is politically taboo.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Rim Fire and Folly of Sequestration

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Even as the Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park rages on, the U.S. Forest Service already has exhausted its firefighting budget for the year, which had been reduced by sequestration cuts. Not that the agency will stop fighting wildfires, but overtime and hiring will be trimmed.
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Western Water: A ‘Slow Road’ to Progress?

JulyAug13WW-231x300.jpgThe Water Education Foundation’s July/August 2013 issue of Western Water looks at climate change through the lens of some of the latest scientific research and responses from experts regarding mitigation and adaptation.

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Western Water — ‘Adjusting to the New Reality: Climate Change in the West’

JulyAug13WW-231x300.jpgThe Water Education Foundation’s July/August 2013 issue of Western Water looks at climate change through the lens of some of the latest scientific research and responses from experts regarding mitigation and adaptation.

Like clockwork, the scientific studies describing climate change and its expected impacts keep coming, reminding ever

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown Interviewed About Top Legislative Priorities

From Capital Public Radio:

“With just three-and-a-half weeks to go before California lawmakers adjourn for the year, Governor Jerry Brown says he wants to avoid what he calls legislative ‘clutter.’ …

“Brown listed three ‘big ideas’ he’s focusing on right now – combating climate change, securing a stable water supply and dealing with the state’s prison system.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Climate Change Reaching Crisis Point

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“A draft of the latest U.N. climate report, the fourth update since 1988, underscores the progressive certainty of the scientific community that human activity is a significant factor in the warming of the planet, that its effects are already apparent, and the long-term consequences will be dire if carbon emissions are not curtailed.”

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming

From the New York Times:

“An international panel of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.”

Read more from the New York Times