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Please see: The Cooper Center Presentation
The panelists and information are very informative. It's about an hour long.
Important information about the future of residential solar panels in California
Report about how utilities are moving nationwide to slow the growth of rooftop solar, especially where higher billing credits are given ratepayers for power generated by rooftop solar panels in California.
Solar’s Net Metering Fight in California Previews at Intersolar
Intersolar North America - Connecting Solar Businesses
Net Energy Metering and the Fight for Solar’s “Backbone” Policy
Pacific climate change pact wins US support
OC Register's Science Editor Acknowledges Global Warming In Break From Editorial Board
SOCAL Connected 2013
Oysters May Offer Insight Into Our Changing Oceans
Global Warming Is Harming Our Food Supply
8/25/13: Yosemite fire 'poses every challenge there can be'
"The fire has consumed nearly 225 square miles of picturesque forests. Officials estimate containment at just 7 percent."
8/27/13: California costs run up as Rim Fire rages
"The California Department of Finance said the state has spent more than $44 million fighting fires since the July 1 beginning of the budget year.
Lawmakers budgeted $172 million for the entire season.
'We're eight weeks in and we've spent roughly a quarter of what's budgeted,' said H.D. Palmer, the spokesman for the department.
The $172 million budgeted for firefighting this fiscal year is more than has been set aside in previous years, but costs exceeded the budget last year. The state budgeted $92.8 million last year, but costs have hit $221 million and fourth-quarter expenses are still being reconciled, Palmer said.
Meanwhile, the federal government announced Monday it would reimburse the state as much as 75 percent of the cost of fighting the Rim fire, now the 13th largest in California's recorded history."
8/31/13: Smoke from Sierra fire reaches Yosemite Valley
As of today, "The blaze has scorched 348 square miles of brush, oaks and pines and 11 homes, as of Saturday, an area larger than the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose combined."
From Joanna Clark - Op/Ed comments to "The Patch"
- Species adapt or they go extinct. And the rate at which we're causing change in the environment, living species don't have the time to adapt.
- Past mass extinction events lasted more than a million years, not the current hundreds of years that we're causing through our man-made impact on Climate Change/Global Warming.
- Republican critics claim that a carbon tax would have a negative effect on our economy. This could theoretically happen but it is succeeding elsewhere. Also, to do nothing to contain CO2 emission would have a devastating impact on the future economy multitudes greater than any carbon tax could possibly render.
- Look at what is happening in California cities such as Lancaster and Sebastopol. Sebastopol expanded on Lancaster's solar ordinance by requiring all new homes to include solar systems that provide 2 watts of photovoltaic-derived power per square foot of insulated building area. According to the Press Democrat, "the system must offset at least 75 percent of the building's total annual electric load. Homes and businesses constructed in areas were solar isn't possible must either pay a fee or look into other means of alternative energy." Locally, we need to pressure our city councils to follow their lead. Orange County, with it's sunny climate most of the year, seems an obvious choice to implement widespread solar energy.
- Another stab at a solution is what's happening in Lincoln and Rocklin. These cities have implemented neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) friendly ordinances. NEV's are restricted to streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. Local businesses quickly realized that NEV owners bought local, and they installed recharging stations for their NEV customers.
Example links to "The Patch":
< http://fountainvalley.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/climate-change-end-game-or-a-second-chance_2088cee4 >
< http://lakeforest-ca.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/climate-change-end-game-or-a-second-chance_0d84e715 >
Laguna Niguel-Dana Point
< http://lagunaniguel-danapoint.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/climate-change-end-game-or-a-second-chance_178e38a7 >
Progress is being made-- we just need to ramp it up (a lot):
Now Hiring: 210,000 Workers to Cut Carbon Pollution
Some humor backed up by awful truth:
The Colbert Report - outlawing climate change science
New Law in North Carolina Bans Latest Scientific Predictions of Sea-Level Rise
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Climate policy's twin challenges
We need to slow incremental damage while taking out an insurance policy against the growing risk of catastrophic damage.
Glimpse Into the Future of Acidic Oceans Shows Ecosystems Transformed
The study, published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that ocean acidification can degrade not only individual species, as past studies have shown, but entire ecosystems. This results in a homogenized marine community, dominated by fewer plants and animals. "The background, low-grade stress caused by ocean acidification can cause a whole shift in the ecosystem so that everything is dominated by the same plants, which tend to be turf algae," said lead author Kristy Kroeker, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bodega Marine Laboratory at UC Davis. In most ecosystems, there are lots of different colorful patches of plants and animals -- of algae, of sponges, of anemones," Kroeker said. "With ocean acidification, you lose that patchiness. We call it a loss of functional diversity; everything looks the same."
Must see - Pumphandle 2012: Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide
This is a fantastic visual of changes in atmospheric CO2 over 800,000 years.
The first set of graphs shows the year-by-year change in CO2 levels at various locations throughout the Earth. The red dot is Mauna Loa. When the time progression stops at Jan 2012, the graph on the right will show the historic data back to 800,000 years ago based on ice core samples.
2012 Second Costliest Year for Natural Disasters
Hurricane Sandy and an extensive drought made 2012 the United States' second costliest year for natural disasters since 1980, federal officials said today (June 13).
Weather and climate disasters racked up $110 billion in damages across the country last year, according to a report released today by the National Climate Data Center (NCDC).
World's Largest Solar Sail to Launch in November 2014
A huge solar sail designed to demonstrate the viability and value of propellant-free propulsion is slated to blast into space in November 2014, mission officials say.
How China May Have Just Changed The Climate Game
Globally, we emit at least 48 percent more than we did in 1992. Being the world’s largest emitter and second largest economy, China can cripple any climate agreement merely by opting out, meaning that any agreement that hopes to curb emissions must cater to Chinese interests. Read about China's encouraging new move towards carbon emission cap.
Bombshell: China May Be Close To Implementing A Cap On Carbon Pollution
UN Recommends Big Companies Report Environmental Impacts As Well As Profits
Excellent site on renewable energy and other sustainable business approaches.
World's Largest Solar Plant Goes Online
Why would a region practically soaking in oil (the Middle East) invest so heavily in renewable energy like solar power?
The answer: money. By reducing their own local demands for petroleum and natural gas, they can sell more of those fossil fuels on the lucrative international market, Bloomberg reports.
Experts: CO2 record illustrates 'scary' trend
"The 400 is a reminder that our emissions are not only continuing, but they're accelerating; that's a scary thing," Butler said Saturday. "We're stuck. We're going to keep going up."
Why Passing Rep. Peters’ Bill Is A SUPER Strategy to Fight Climate Change
Media Connecting The Dots On U.S. Storms, Heat And Wildfires: ‘This Is What Global Warming Looks Like’
Who’s connecting the dots on the extraordinary bout of extreme weather events hitting the U.S.? No, it’s not the “liberal” media. It’s Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report, the popular conservative news aggregation site.
We started the fire: Global warming burns the West
How climate change and bad policy caused the massive fires currently devastating the West
If you want proof that the earth’s climate is changing, go virtually anywhere in the Southwest in the summer. Chances are high that you will see a brown line of haze on the horizon and smell smoke in the air from a forest fire somewhere in the arid region.
Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future (2012)
Read the entire report on-line: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13389
Tide gauges show that global sea level has risen about 7 inches during the 20th century, and recent satellite data shows that the rate of sea-level rise is accelerating. As Earth warms, sea levels are rising mainly because: (1) ocean water expands as it warms; and (2) water from melting glaciers and ice sheets is flowing into the ocean. Sea-level rise poses enormous risks to the valuable infrastructure, development, and wetlands that line much of the 1,600 mile shoreline of California, Oregon, and Washington. As those states seek to incorporate projections of sea-level rise into coastal planning, they asked the National Research Council to make independent projections of sea-level rise along their coasts for the years 2030, 2050, and 2100, taking into account regional factors that affect sea level.
Sea level along the U.S. west coast is affected by a number of factors, including climate patterns such as the El Niño, effects from the melting of modern and ancient ice sheets, and geologic processes, such as plate tectonics. Regional projections for California, Oregon, and Washington show a sharp distinction at Cape Mendocino in northern California. South of that point, sea-level rise is expected to be very close to global projections. However, projections are lower north of Cape Mendocino because the land is being pushed upward as the ocean plate moves under the continental plate along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. However, an earthquake magnitude 8 or larger, which occurs in the region every few hundred to 1,000 years, would cause the land to drop and sea level to suddenly rise.
- Melting of land ice is now the largest component of global sea-level rise (about 65%), largely because ice loss rates are increasing.
- Global sea level is projected to rise 8-23 cm (3-9 in) by 2030, relative to 2000 levels, 18-48 cm (7-19 in) by 2050, and 50–140 cm (20-55 in) by 2100.
- Vertical land motions caused by plate tectonics and the ongoing response of the Earth to the disappearance of North American ice sheets have a significant impact on sea-level rise along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts.
- Sea level along the California coast south of Cape Mendocino is projected to rise 4-30 cm (2-12 in) by 2030, relative to 2000 levels, 12-61 cm (5-24 in) by 2050, and 42-167 cm (17-66 in) by 2100. These projections are close to global sea-level rise projections.
- For the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts north of Cape Mendocino, sea level is projected to change between -4 cm (-2 in) (sea-level fall) and +23 cm (9 in) by 2030, -3 cm (-1 in) and +48 cm (19 in) by 2050, and 10-143 cm (4-56 in) by 2100. These values are lower than projections further north.
- An earthquake magnitude 8 or greater along the Cascadia Subduction Zone would suddenly raise sea level along parts of the coast by an additional 1-2 meters (3-7 feet) over projected levels north of Cape Mendocino.
- Uncertainties grow as the projection period lengthens. Confidence in the projections is high for 2030 and perhaps 2050. By 2100, we are confident only that the value will fall within the uncertainty bounds.
- Most coastal damage is caused by the confluence of large waves, storm surges, and high astronomical tides during a strong El Niño.
- Some models predict a northward shift in North Pacific storm tracks, and some observational studies report that largest waves are getting higher and winds are getting stronger. Observational records are not long enough to confirm whether these are long-term trends.
- Even if storminess does not increase in the future, sea-level rise will magnify the adverse impact of storm surges and high waves on the coast.
- Storms and sea-level rise are causing coastal cliffs, beaches, and dunes to retreat at rates from a few cm/yr to several m/yr. Cliffs could retreat more than 30 m (about 100 feet) by 2100.
- Wetlands are likely to keep pace with sea level until 2050. Their survival until 2100 depends on maintaining elevation through high sedimentation, room to move inland, or uplift.
Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Nearing Critical ‘Tipping Point’
JR: Last year, scientists explained that the Greenland Ice Sheet “could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming“ that is “difficult to halt.” A new study finds we may be close to a “tipping point.” Climate Central has the story.
The Greenland ice sheet is poised for another record melt this year, and is approaching a “tipping point” into a new and more dangerous melt regime in which the summer melt area covers the entire land mass, according to new findings from polar researchers.
The ice sheet is the focus of scientific research because its fate has huge implications for global sea levels, which are already rising as ice sheets melt and the ocean warms, exposing coastal locations to greater damage from storm surge-related flooding.
June 28 News: Arctic Sea Ice Levels Reach Record Low In June
By Stephen Lacey on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:52 am
Sea ice in the Arctic has melted faster this year than ever recorded before, according to the US government’s National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). [Guardian]. Satellite observations show the extent of the floating ice that melts and refreezes every year was 318,000 square miles less last week than the same day period in 2007, the year of record low extent, and the lowest observed at this time of year since records began in 1979. Separate observations by University of Washington researchers suggest that the volume of Arctic sea ice is also the smallest ever calculated for this time of year. Scientists cautioned that it is still early in the “melt season”, but said that the latest observations suggest that the Arctic sea ice cover is continuing to shrink and thin and the pattern of record annual melts seen since 2000 is now well established. Last year saw the second greatest sea ice melt on record, 36% below the average minimum from 1979-2000.
"The proceeds will be used to plan and implement XPO: Clean+Renewable+Efficient Energy Exposition and the Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered homes. The XPO will showcase technology, products, arts, education and business opportunities related to clean and renewable energy generation and efficient energy use."
"Plugging in the car is no different than plugging in a cell phone; it plugs into the same type outlet. The battery charges overnight so we have a full charge in the morning, which amounts to about 40 miles of driving. If you drive further than 40 miles on any day, the small gasoline engine automatically kicks on and generates electricity for the electric motors. If you never drove more than 40 miles in a day, you’d never burn any gasoline. But we often drive more than 40 miles in one day, as Annie’s commute is 18 miles each way, so we do burn some gasoline. At the current rate of consumption of 0.9 gallon per month, it appears that we will buy gasoline only once a year. Prior to purchasing this car, we’ve always had to fill up once a week."
"Each Propel location will feature free air stations for tires to increase mileage, an education center that provides information on local public transit and rideshare options, bicycle tuning centers, recycling stations at the pump and eventually natural-gas and electric-vehicle charges."