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September 15 2021

western drought continues to worsen, today’s climate is the most benign we will see in our lifetimes, floods force rethinking of land use in German town, small towns not "bouncing back" from extreme events, demand management as an alternative to new power plants

The New York Times examines the future of water in the West as the flow of the Colorado River declines. The article notes that 70% of the river’s flow is used by agriculture, and much of this demand is from farms growing alfalfa to feed cattle (including cattle overseas). An interesting note: "Water usage data suggests that if Americans avoid meat one day each week they could save an amount of water equivalent to the entire flow of the Colorado each year, more than enough water to alleviate the region’s shortages." In addition, evaporative losses from the major reservoirs alone — Lakes Mead and Powell — amount to about 10 percent of the river’s recent total flow.

Argentina declared a six-month emergency for the Paraná River region in late July, as South America’s second-largest river is drying up amid the most severe drought in 70 years. In the California WaterBlog, UC Davis professor Jay Lund concludes that California’s economy could generally survive a megadrought (50% of average rainfall for 70 consecutive years), through trading of water allocations among users. However, some ecosystems and communities would suffer severe impacts, particularly in the Central Valley…

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August 31 2021

heat in Arctic ecosystems, slowing ocean currents, water shortage in Colorado River basin, drought shuts down Lake Oroville hydroelectric plant, U.S. budgets for more climate action than ever before

Unfortunately, this edition of In Brief Climate News includes a lot from the Department of Overwhelming Evidence. As you read, let these new findings reinforce your understanding that we are now in a climate emergency, but don’t despair. Instead, this news should enhance your resolve and commitment to become part of the transition away from fossil fuels, both personally and politically. Remember, the climate we get in the future will be the climate we choose, starting today.

Extraordinary heat is altering northern ecosystems. An article in the New York Times describes the major forest fires burning in Siberia, which has been warming faster than just about any other part of the world. Last year, wildfires scorched more than 60,000 square miles of forest and tundra, an area more than four times the area that burned in the United States during its devastating 2020 fire season. The fires are disrupting life in the regional capital, Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Vladimir Putin, who has historically questioned the negative impacts of climate change on his northern country, said “Global warming is happening in our country even faster than in many other regions of the world.” It rained at the top of Greenland (10,551 ft), the first time that has ever happened. This warmth also resulted in melting across 50% of the surface of the Greenland ice sheet (the National Snow & Ice Data Center has a more detailed analysis)…

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NEWS
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VIEWS
I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
September 15 2021

western drought continues to worsen, today’s climate is the most benign we will see in our lifetimes, floods force rethinking of land use in German town, small towns not "bouncing back" from extreme events, demand management as an alternative to new power plants

The New York Times examines the future of water in the West as the flow of the Colorado River declines. The article notes that 70% of the river’s flow is used by agriculture, and much of this demand is from farms growing alfalfa to feed cattle (including cattle overseas). An interesting note: "Water usage data suggests that if Americans avoid meat one day each week they could save an amount of water equivalent to the entire flow of the Colorado each year, more than enough water to alleviate the region’s shortages." In addition, evaporative losses from the major reservoirs alone — Lakes Mead and Powell — amount to about 10 percent of the river’s recent total flow.

Argentina declared a six-month emergency for the Paraná River region in late July, as South America’s second-largest river is drying up amid the most severe drought in 70 years. In the California WaterBlog, UC Davis professor Jay Lund concludes that California’s economy could generally survive a megadrought (50% of average rainfall for 70 consecutive years), through trading of water allocations among users. However, some ecosystems and communities would suffer severe impacts, particularly in the Central Valley…

read more
August 31 2021

heat in Arctic ecosystems, slowing ocean currents, water shortage in Colorado River basin, drought shuts down Lake Oroville hydroelectric plant, U.S. budgets for more climate action than ever before

Unfortunately, this edition of In Brief Climate News includes a lot from the Department of Overwhelming Evidence. As you read, let these new findings reinforce your understanding that we are now in a climate emergency, but don’t despair. Instead, this news should enhance your resolve and commitment to become part of the transition away from fossil fuels, both personally and politically. Remember, the climate we get in the future will be the climate we choose, starting today.

Extraordinary heat is altering northern ecosystems. An article in the New York Times describes the major forest fires burning in Siberia, which has been warming faster than just about any other part of the world. Last year, wildfires scorched more than 60,000 square miles of forest and tundra, an area more than four times the area that burned in the United States during its devastating 2020 fire season. The fires are disrupting life in the regional capital, Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Vladimir Putin, who has historically questioned the negative impacts of climate change on his northern country, said “Global warming is happening in our country even faster than in many other regions of the world.” It rained at the top of Greenland (10,551 ft), the first time that has ever happened. This warmth also resulted in melting across 50% of the surface of the Greenland ice sheet (the National Snow & Ice Data Center has a more detailed analysis)…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES