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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.”