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Climate change & water supply

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.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Climate Action Plan Will Help Protect Health

From The Sacramento Bee:

“As a physician and a public health professional I have, in recent years, focused my energy on climate change because I’ve come to recognize that it is by far the greatest health threat we face in the 21st century. … Will our fight against childhood obesity be stymied when droughts lead to rising food prices, pressuring families to buy cheap and nonnutritious foods?
Aquafornia news Associated Press

Sierra a ‘Living Lab’ for Climate Change

From the Associated Press:

“In parts of California’s Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting into ice fields.”

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Aquafornia news KPBS

Study of Tree Rings Reveals Climate Change’s Role in El Niño

From KPBS:

“[Jinbao] Li’s latest research suggests that global warming has been aggravating El Niño in recent years.”

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Aquafornia news KQED News

This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead of Its Time

From KQED News:

“Every year, people add 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the air, mostly by burning fossil fuels. That’s contributing to climate change. A few scientists have been dreaming about ways to pull some of that CO2 out of the air, but face stiff skepticism and major hurdles.”

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Aquafornia news National Geographic News Watch

Commentary: Water Issues Ripple Through Obama Climate Change Speech

From the National Geographic News Watch:

“President Obama’s climate change speech on Tuesday from Georgetown University was full of references to climate change impacts on water availability, flooding and drought. He dealt head on with key issues of changing water cycle intensity, and in particular, with the increasing frequency of hydrologic extremes.”

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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Commentary: Do We Have Enough Water for Plan Bay Area?

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“Plan Bay Area is not serious about water.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Commentary: Remembering the Hohokam

From The Fresno Bee:

“Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, lightning, ice storms, wind storms, wildfires and volcanic eruptions, drought is a slow killer. But efficient. Give drought a decade and it can permanently drive humans from a region they may have inhabited for centuries. Ask the Hohokam.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

Interior Releases First-Ever Comprehensive National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential

From the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“The United States has the potential to store a mean of 3,000 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic basins throughout the country, according to the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Updates

From the California Department of Water Resources:

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes the following:
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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Obama Outlines Broad Plan to Curb Climate Change

From the Los Angeles Times:

“President Obama laid out an ambitious campaign to address climate change Tuesday, mapping a course that would bypass Congress to cut emissions from hundreds of coal-fired electric power plants and setting the stage for a possible rejection of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

Interior Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Hayes to Release Ground-Breaking USGS Geologic Carbon Sequestration Assessment

From the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“In a teleconference on Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will join scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to release the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Climate Change: Obama Announces Sweeping Greenhouse Gas Restrictions

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“In the largest environmental initiative of his presidency, President Obama will announce this morning the nation’s first mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Center for American Progress Report: Federal Spending on Weather Event Preparedness Lagging

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Federal spending on community preparedness for extreme weather events is a fraction of the amount paid to clean up damage from storms, tornadoes and drought, according to an analysis of federal data.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Satellites Reveal Depth of Water Depletion

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Satellites peering down on California’s great Central Valley have discovered evidence that the nation’s prime food source is fast losing precious reserves of water from the valley’s underground aquifers.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: The Time for Climate Action is Now

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Though the need to adopt policies that sharply curb carbon emissions remains as important as ever, there also are unmistakable signs that decades of inaction on climate change are shaping the present, not just the future.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Calls for New Storage Ignore Need for Reforms of How We Use Water

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The solution to drought is not simply more water project construction – certainly not without the water policy reforms that the water hierarchy in Sacramento and Washington has spent decades, and tens of millions of dollars, battling in the courts and Congress.”

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Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Editorial: Slow Down Snowpack Meltdown

From the San Bernardino County Sun:

“Some UCLA climate experts scaled down global climate models to create high-resolution looks at Southern California spots like Big Bear, Wrightwood and Frazier Park, and the forecast isn’t good: By midcentury, snowfall on Southern California mountains will be 30 percent to 40 percent less than it was as the 20th century ended, according to the study led by Alex Hall, UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic science.”

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