“Climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but also society, posing risks to the world’s economy and the food and water supply and contributing to violent conflict, an international panel of scientists says.
“The warnings came in a report drafted by the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public review and comment. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change announced today, the Implementation Plans provide detailed information about the actions EPA plans to take across the country to help communities adapt to a changing climate.
“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.”
“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.”
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
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
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. …
“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.