Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 29, 2018

What the National Climate Assessment Means for the Bay Area

Bay Nature reports “What the National Climate Assessment Means for the Bay Area”

There’s not much to surprise you about what climate change means for Northern California in the National Climate Assessment Report, released by the federal government the day after Thanksgiving. Just page upon page of clinical, detailed, authoritatively sourced reporting to show that absent massive and immediate emissions drawdowns, life here in the next few decades will not be anything like it once was.

There’s not much to surprise, in part, because if you’ve been living in California for the last few years, you’ve already lived the vanguard of the change. The country’s hottest, driest region is getting hotter and drier (except at the immediate coast), and the droughts and heat waves we’ve seen in the last few years will only grow more common on our current emissions path as temperatures rise by another 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. Mountain snow is decreasing, with some years like 2015 bringing almost no snow at all, and by 2050 many parts of the Sierra Nevada could see only rain.

Read full article at  Bay Nature: What the National Climate Assessment Means for the Bay Area


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