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Commentary: Preparing Marin Community for Sea-level Rise

From the Marin Independent Journal, in a commentary by Sandy Wallenstein, Hannah Doress and Douglas Mundo:

“Because Marin County is a peninsula, sea-level rise caused by climate change has special relevance to us — both to our bay-facing and coastal communities, but also to inland communities affected by flooding.

“And all of us will be affected by impacts to core infrastructure such as Highway 101, water and sanitation systems and possible isolation by flooding.”

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Editorial: Climate Change is Here, Now. Will the World Act?

From the Los Angeles Times:

“There’s a new tone in the latest report on climate change from the United Nations’ expert organization on the subject.”

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Climate Change is Felt Globally and Risks are Rising, U.N. Panel Says

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Climate change is already affecting every continent and ocean, posing immediate and growing risks to people, an international panel of scientists warned Monday.
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Editorial: Yes, Climate Change is Real and Damaging

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Faced with overwhelming evidence, climate-change deniers resort to cherry picking and spinning.
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UN: 2013 Extreme Events Due to Warming Earth

From the Associated Press:

“Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the U.N. weather agency says.

“The World Meteorological Organization’s annual assessment Monday said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century.”

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While Seas Rise in Outer Banks and Elsewhere in North Carolina, Science Treads Water

From the News Observer:

“There’s not much dispute these days, up and down the [North Carolina] coast, about whether the ocean is rising. The question is: How high will it go here, and how fast?

“North Carolinians must wait until 2016 for an official answer. That’s the law.”

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White House Unveils One-stop Website for Climate Change Data

From the Los Angeles Times:

“As part of its campaign to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies.”

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Obama Unleashing Power of Data on Climate Change

From the Associated Press:

“The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. …

“The government also is working with several high-tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft and Intel, to come up with tools to make communities more resilient in dealing with weather extremes, such as flooding, heat waves and drought.”

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Adapting Existing Water Laws to Climate Change

From Bloomberg BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor, in an article by Eric L. Garner, Best Best & Krieger:

“Climate change is essentially a water problem. Whether it is drought, flood, changing hydrology or rising sea levels, the impacts of climate change all involve water to some extent. Even those who deny that human activities cause climate change must acknowledge that long-term drought cycles in the past (as evidenced by tree rings and other environmental indicators) and wide variations in hydrology can be expected to recur and may be recurring now.
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Editorial: A Second Look at Restoration

From The Fresno Bee:

“Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for the website Slate, had this to say about the California drought on Friday:

“‘The present-day Southwest was born from a pendulum swing in climatic fortunes that has no equal in U.S. history.’”

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Blog: A Climate Analyst Clarifies the Science Behind California’s Water Woes

From The New York Times, in the Dot Earth blog by Andrew C.

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Climate Engineering Ideas No Longer Considered Pie in the Sky

From the Los Angeles Times:

“As international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions stall, schemes to slow global warming using fantastical technologies once dismissed as a sideshow are getting serious consideration in Washington.”

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Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute

From The New York Times:

“California last week, President Obama and his aides cited the state as an example of what could be in store for much of the rest of the country as human-caused climate change intensifies.

“But in doing so, they were pushing at the boundaries of scientific knowledge about the relationship between climate change and drought.”

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Commentary: A Prescription to Prepare for Drought

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Steve Fleischli:

“President Barack Obama visits Fresno today to highlight federal efforts to confront California’s epic drought, possibly our worst in 500 years. …

“The president can help us cope with this disaster, prepare for the chronic water shortages to come and protect future generations from the widening dangers of climate change. All three will require federal help.”

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Blog: Climate Change Hits Home with Another Round of Extreme Weather Events in 2013

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Switchboard blog, in a post by Frances Beinecke:

“I just returned from California and was struck by how devastating the state’s drought has become. People talked about it everywhere I went, wondering what it means for people and the economy. I can see why they are worried.
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California Drought Exposes Sierra’s Weaknesses

From The Fresno Bee:

“High-country blizzards usually bury southern Sierra lake basins in late January, leaving lodgepole pine and red fir trees in snow drifts 15 feet deep.

“But snow surveyors making their usual visit this year to Kings Canyon National Park found something most had never seen at 10,300 feet in January. Bare ground.”

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White House to Help Farmers, Ranchers Cope With Climate Change

From the McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau:

“The White House will announce President Obama’s latest executive order later today [Feb. 5] — a move aimed at helping farmers, ranchers, and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather.
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Blog: Fluid State — The Future of Water in California

From the Commonwealth Club of California Climate One blog:

“It was a sunny, dry day [Jan. 10] in the middle of winter when two state senators [Sen.
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Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

From The New York Times:

“Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.

“Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.”

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Commentary: The Drought, and Your Car

From The Sacramento Bee, in the Back-seat Driver column by Tony Bizjak:

“Gov. Jerry Brown this week in his State of the State speech made a pointed connection between the drought and the cars we drive.

“It’s pretty clear human action is affecting the climate, and that means more droughts, he said.”

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