California Climate Change News
Stories in this feed are from newspapers in California courtesy of Environmental Health News.
Sandy is the future. As carbon dioxide emissions blast past worst-case scenarios, rising sea levels and storm surges will reshape every U.S. coastline. But it is only beginning to dawn on Americans, half of whom live on the coasts, that their future is a battle against the sea.
California has done more than most states to prepare for the challenges of climate change, but when it comes to the dangers of sea level rise, experts fear the state still isn't doing nearly enough.
On a sunny Friday afternoon last fall, a Grand Banks trawler idled at the mouth of Richardson Bay, giving those aboard a close look at a battleground in the fight against climate change.
Today the 18-year-old founder of Kids vs. Global Warming will be named the first recipient of the inaugural Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award — Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership — which recognizes young leaders.
In a lab on the southern edge of Berkeley, scientists are trying to duplicate one of nature's greatest tricks, pulling energy out of thin air. They're designing artificial leaves that can convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into chemical fuel, much like photosynthesis of flowers and trees.
An Arizona-based environmental group is challenging Placer County's plans to build a small power plant near Truckee, California that would burn forest waste wood. The group questions whether such biomass facilities warrant their reputation as producers of green energy.
Nearly a decade ago, Princeton climate researchers argued that a series of policy actions they called "wedges" would stabilize climate change. Now a team including a UC Irvine earth systems scientist says it's not enough to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions.
Crowdfunding - the idea of pooling small investments online to back a project - has paid for plays, films, fashion accessories and park benches. Now an Oakland startup will use it to fund solar power installations.
Without drastic changes to fossil fuel emissions, the impacts of global warming will land on the Bay Area with a brute force that pays no regard to our relatively liberal politics, farsighted state climate regulations or fondness for hybrid vehicles.
A team of researchers is hoping to be able to make coastal clouds more reflective – thus sending more heat and light back into space, wielding clouds as shields against climate change. One fear, however, is that altering the atmosphere this way could also unleash dangerous side effects.