Climate change & water supply

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Climate change & water supply

Aquafornia news Scientific American

Warming Proves Bad for Life in Freshwater Lakes and Rivers

From the Scientific American:

“London – Austria’s alpine lakes are warming, and that’s bad news for the region’s fish and economy, according to new research in the journal Hydrobiologia. … On the other side of the globe, Peter Moyle, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, has been more concerned with the freshwater fish that make their homes in or migrate to California’s rivers and lakes.”

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Aquafornia news Time Magazine

Commentary: Why Dwindling Snow – Thanks Largely to Climate Change – Might Dry Out Los Angeles

From Time Magazine:

While the national government remains slow to deal with climate change, many cities have been moving ahead. … Just ask Los Angeles. The City of Angels has struggled with the basic fact that it is a desert metropolis since its founding. …
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Sacramento Can Lead Way in Response to Climate Change

From The Sacramento Bee:

Virtually no community in America has been untouched by a major storm, hurricane or flood, a major power outage, a scorching heat wave or a withering drought. … My goal is to share a message with thousands of my fellow local elected officials: Our environmental and energy challenges are also our economic opportunities.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Climate Change Could Slash Snowfall in Southern California Mountains

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A UCLA study released Friday projects a significant decline in snowfall on the ranges that provide a dramatic backdrop to urban Southern California. … The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, is the second study in a series examining the effects of climate change on the Los Angeles region.”

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Aquafornia news NewScientist Magazine

Snow Sensing Helps Predict Water Shortages

From the NewScientist Magazine:

“A pair of airborne sensors developed by NASA, coupled with on-the-ground smartphone apps, could make the lives of farmers like [Zachary] Sheely a little easier. … The flights allow for accurate mapping of the snow cover and reveal how much meltwater it is expected to generate.
Aquafornia news Public Radio International

Climate Change Threatens California’s Stock of Native Fish

From Public Radio International:

“A new study from the University of California at Davis finds that many of California’s unique fish species could go extinct if global warming continues at current rates.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: As New York Braces for Climate Change, L.A. Does … Lunch

From the Los Angeles Times:

“[New York Mayor Michael] Bloomberg on Tuesday unveiled a $20-billion plan to save New Yorkers from themselves and an increasingly hostile Mother Nature. … New York plans to spend billions to gird for rising seas, more rain and nasty storms brought on by global warming.”

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Aquafornia news California WaterBlog

Blog: The New ‘Normal’ Water Year in a Changing California Climate

From the California WaterBlog:

“For at least 20 years now, water scientists have impressed upon us the unavoidable effects of climate change already under way in California. … And, yet, we Californians continue to rely on a decades-old water allocations framework that assumes our climate will remain unchanged.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Deadline Near to Apply for Climate Money

From the Sacramento Bee:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has set a June 14 deadline for California farmers and land stewards to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program.

The program is designed to provide conservation benefits, including improvement of water/soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation practices addressing climate change.

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Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Foundation Gets $425,000 Climate Grant

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The San Diego Foundation received a $425,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to help fund climate planning programs, officials announced Monday.

The money will support workshops, training and technical assistance to help San Diego communities adapt to projected impacts of climate change.

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Aquafornia news FIS

Más de 100 Especies Podrían Desaparecer en California por el Cambio Climático

From FIS:

Un grupo de científicos cree que, si continúan las tendencias actuales, California podría perder ciertas especies de salmón y otros peces nativos de agua dulce en el próximo siglo debido al cambio climático.
Aquafornia news Phys Org

New study Predicts Rising Irrigation Costs, Reduced Yields for US corn

From Phys Org:

If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.

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Commentary: The Climate Change Guilt Trip

From the Los Angeles Times

I felt slightly hurt. I am an environmentalist — I work for Greenpeace. Did he think that makes me some moral arbiter of fun, sternly passing judgment on those who ignore the perils of climate change to enjoy a weekend in the mountains?

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