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San Franciscans in the Dark About Flood Hazards

San Franciscans in the Dark About Flood Hazards

A citywide effort is tackling a problem that few residents think about: rising seas and coastal erosion. Ocean Beach, on the western edge of the city, has been offering San Franciscans a place to enjoy nature and water activities, but the shoreline is facing greater erosion due to sea level rise that threatens public safety and vital … Read More

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

California’s Drought Just Got a Little Worse

Just when it seemed like California’s drought couldn’t get any worse, it did: A staggering one third of the state is now in the worst level of drought. The latest update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, showed the amount of the state in “Exceptional Drought” — the highest category — expanding to about 33 percent from 25 percent.… Read More

Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Level Rise

Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Level Rise

Goreatha Johnson points toward Breuner Marsh across the train tracks in Parchester Village, a neighborhood of roughly 400 homes in North Richmond. It’s past 4 p.m. on a weekday and Johnson is knocking on her neighbors’ doors and passing out flyers to an event at the Parchester Village Community Center. “People used to swim in the channels there… Read More

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

Sea Level Rise Threatens Oakland’s Sewer System

The shoreline along Oakland is a checkerboard quilt of cement, steel and wetlands, with grassy estuaries sandwiched between walls of cement where old terminal buildings rise from the shore, steel pipes send effluent to the Bay and massive containership berths receive their payload. Just inland from this quilt lies a broad north-south strip of … Read More

View From Space Shows Storm Curl Over Argentina

View From Space Shows Storm Curl Over Argentina

A space station-eye view of a storm swirling off the coast of Argentina is your Friday afternoon diversion.… Read More

The Navajo Nation’s Shifting Sands of Climate Change

The Navajo Nation’s Shifting Sands of Climate Change

Few places are more exposed to the threats of climate change and drought than the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. Here, livelihoods and traditions of the nearly 300,000 Navajo people are more tied to the land than most other Southwesterners.… Read More

Summer Reading for the Climate Crowd

Summer Reading for the Climate Crowd

Drop the Thomas Piketty. Let's all admit right now you weren't going to read that 696-page economics tome anyway. And set aside Donna Tart's "Goldfinch," too. Yes, it's beautiful. Yes, it won the Pulitzer. Yes, it's 775 pages. It's summer, people. Time for a little skin. A bit of fun. Something light and insouciant. Time, in short, for The … Read More

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Drought-weary residents of the Southern Plains, do meteorologists ever have a welcome forecast for you: Rain. And potentially lots of it. A large, low-pressure system cut off from the jet stream has formed over the Southwest and looks to bring several inches of rain to the Southern Plains. It will slowly trundle across the region over the next… Read More