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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

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Sea Rise Will Bring Severe Floods to Silicon Valley

Thirty-year-old Gustavo Leal remembers the floodwaters reaching the doorstep of his family home in East Palo Alto. “It was bad enough that you couldn’t get out of your driveway,” he said. Next time the floodwaters could swamp the entire house. That's the findings of a new study released today by Climate Central, a research and journalism … Read More

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

Climate Change Threatens Almighty U.S. ‘King Corn’

The days of "king corn" could be numbered as climate change brings higher temperatures and water shortages to America's farmland, a new report warned on Wednesday. Nearly one-third of U.S. farmland is devoted to raising corn and the country produces about 40 percent of the world's corn crop. But the $1.7 trillion industry – the equivalent of Austr… Read More

California’s Fog is Fading Away, Crops Could Suffer

California’s Fog is Fading Away, Crops Could Suffer

For California's highway managers, research showing a decline in the Central Valley's unique tule fog is no surprise. The thick ground fog, an iconic weather feature that settles in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys during colder months, historically has been a bane to motorists. Twenty-, 50-, even 100-car pileups are not unheard of in the den… 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

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

100 Percent of California Now in Highest Stages of Drought

California's drought just got worse, with 100 percent of the state now in the three highest stages of drought, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest report, which indicated that rain had improved conditions in parts of Texas and the Plains states, revealed that California got no relief. In fact, a heat wave likely… Read More

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

U.S. Climate Change Report Warns of Regional Impacts

On Tuesday, the federal government released its third report of climate change in the U.S. The report, called the National Climate Assessment, makes clear that climate change is a present-day issue and a growing threat. While climate change is often viewed as a global problem, the report highlights how impacts vary across all regions of the country… Read More