Climate change & water supply


Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Effects of Climate Change in California are ‘Significant and Growing’

From the Los Angeles Times:

“California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide, as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says.

“Though past studies have offered grim projections of a warming planet, the report released Thursday by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment took an inventory of three dozen shifts that are already happening.”

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Areas of Sacramento will be Inundated as Sea Rises Over the Years, Study Says

From The Sacramento Bee:

It could take a few hundred years – or even 2,000 – but the eventual, permanent flooding of low-lying areas in Sacramento is guaranteed if greenhouse gases are not deeply reduced, according to new research. …

“A new study shows that the largest U.S. cities highly threatened by future sea level rise are Miami, Virginia Beach, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and Sacramento.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: California Needs to Continue Leading Climate Change Fight

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“As some Americans, including some in Congress, continue questioning whether climate change exists, a group of world-class scientists has documented its very real effects even now in California. A report released Thursday by the state Environmental Protection Agency makes clear the alarming threats posed by global warming.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Agency Finds Climate Change Taking Toll on California

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“California lakes are warming, sea levels are rising, wildfires are spreading, and mountain plants and animals are migrating to higher ground as the impact of climate change takes hold throughout the state, a new report says.

“The evidence of the effects of the warming trend emerged in an analysis of 36 ‘indicators’ – warning signs of changes – that are detailed in the 240-page report released Wednesday by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.”

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Global Warming Already having Dramatic Impacts in California, New Report Says

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Rising ocean waters. Bigger and more frequent forest fires. More brutally hot summer days. These aren’t the usual predictions about global warming based on computer forecasts.
Aquafornia news Alex Breitler's Environment Blog

Blog: Stockton — ‘Locked-in’ by 2051?

From Alex Breitler’s Environment Blog:

“The folks at Climate Central made another splash last week, releasing lists of cities that they argue could end up at least 50 percent underwater if carbon reductions are not achieved by certain ‘locked-in’ dates.

“Yes, Stockton’s on the list. In fact, it has the earliest ‘locked-in’ date in the entire state – the year 2051.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "It's Our Environment" blog

Blog: #AskGinaEPA about Climate Change

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “It’s Our Environment” blog:

“EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will host her first live Twitter chat on climate change on Friday, August 2, at 12:30 PM ET. Administrator McCarthy will discuss her plans for the agency moving forward, focusing on EPA’s work to combat climate change.

“Helping communities adapt to the changing climate and cutting carbon pollution will be a significant part of EPA’s work over the coming years – the Agency will play a key role in implementing President Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Aquafornia news National Journal

Congressional Task Force Links Worsening Wildfires to Climate Change

From the National Journal:

“In a forum convened Tuesday by the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, a panel of experts on climate, wildfires, and forestry met with task force cochairs Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and other lawmakers to discuss the impact of climate change on wildfires.”

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Alaska Looks for Answers in Glacier’s Summer Flood Surges

From the New York Times:

“The idea that glaciers change at a glacial speed is increasingly false. They are melting and retreating rapidly all over the world. But the unpredictable flood surges at the Mendenhall Glacier, about 14 miles from downtown Juneau, Alaska’s capital, are turning a jog into a sprint as global temperatures and climate variability increase.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert blog

Blog: Will Rising Waters Engulf California Economy?

From The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert blog:

“Lawmakers are taking a more detailed look at the implications [of climate change] during a Select Committee On Sea Level Rise And The California Economy hearing assessing how rising water will affect the agriculture, tourism and fishing industries in a state renowned for its coastlines.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Democrats Looking to Build Support for New Climate Change Action

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Democrats on Capitol Hill sought to move climate change back to the front of the congressional agenda Thursday morning, after a long period of inaction.

“But the testy back-and-forth at a hearing of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Study: Coastal Fish Stocks Crash, Climate to Blame

From the Orange County Register:

“Fish populations off the Southern California coast have dropped by 78 percent over the past 40 years, a new study shows, and an author of the study says the sharp declines are most likely caused by global warming.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership to be Announced

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Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Blog: Climate Change Forces US Forest Service to Shift Strategy on Larger Fires

From KPCC Southern California Public Radio:

“Global warming has increased the intensity of fires, forcing the [U.S. Forest Service] USFS to spend more and more of its money fighting them.
Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Study a Step Toward Managing Santa Rosa Plain Water

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Tackling one of the American West’s most contentious issues, a new government report assesses the demands on Sonoma County’s largest underground water source against a future that includes population growth, agricultural needs and the wild card of climate change.

“The report by the U.S.

Aquafornia news KQED

New Map Shows Where Nature Protects Communities

From KQED:

“Stanford environmental scientist Katie Arkema and her colleagues published a national map on Monday, showing where coastal reefs and wetlands are keeping communities safe, and which areas may need more preservation.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Climate Change Report: Weather, Rising Seas Imperil Power Plants

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Power plants across the country are at increased risk of temporary shutdown and reduced power generation as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise and water becomes less available, the Energy Department said Thursday.
Aquafornia news New York Times

Some Trees Use Less Water Amid Rising Carbon Dioxide, Paper Says

From the New York Times:

“A paper published Wednesday suggests that trees in at least some parts of the world are having to pull less water out of the ground to achieve a given amount of growth. Some scientists say they believe that this may be a direct response to the rising level of carbon dioxide in the air from human emissions, though that has not yet been proved. …

“The work was led by Trevor F.

Aquafornia news USA Today

Water Worries: Climate Change in the Desert Southwest

From USA Today:

“More than 10 centuries ago, Native Americans dug canals to bring water — the desert’s most precious resource — into their farms and communities in the harsh climate of what’s now Phoenix.

“Today, the 56 million Americans in the fast-growing desert Southwest — including those in the megacities of Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego — are faced with a challenge beyond the region’s natural dryness: coping with an uncertain future of man-made climate change and how it will impact their life-sustaining supply of water.”

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Commentary: Climate Change a Hot Topic for a Lot of Reasons

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Andrew Guzman and Richard Jackson spoke to the Commonwealth Club in Lafayette last Thursday about the hazards of climate change, heat waves and drought. … “Guzman explained that it will affect water supplies — too much rain falling when it shouldn’t, too little when it should.