On The State of Our World & the Need to Be Prepared
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Study Links Climate Change to Wildfires
This research, published in the journal Earth's Future, uses a data set of almost 40,000 wildfires in California from the past 50 years to establish a clear link between climate change, aridity, and the increasing number of forest fires in the summer in California. The authors found the link between climate change and fall wildfires weaker than in summer, but likely to strengthen from continued warming and delayed onset of winter precipitation.
Research Finds That Atmospheric Rivers Will be a Dominant Source of California Water Resources and Flooding
A new study, published in the July 9 issue of the journal Nature Scientific Report, suggests that a new regime of wet and dry extremes is emerging in California and that the projected bolstering of extreme precipitation is likely to be caused by streams of moisture in the sky known as atmospheric rivers (ARs).
NOAA forecasters have declared that the El Niño of 2019 has ended and neutral conditions have returned. Forecasters favor ENSO-neutral (50-55% chance) through the Northern Hemisphere winter. A return to neutral means that we will not get that predictable influence from El Niño or La Niña, but the atmosphere is certainly capable of wild swings without a push from either influence.Learn more >
New Video on the Economic Impacts of Drought
This video, presented at the 2nd National Drought Forum, focuses on the economic impacts of drought and includes interviews with people whose livelihoods are affected by drought. The video also depicts the major drought events since the 2012 Great Plains Drought and the estimated costs of those droughts, and the accomplishments in the intervening seven years Learn more >
Mother Earth is our collective home--We have launched Esparanza to be a resource and to help ttransform the conversation about our World--We hereby present the following on resources to be prepared in the case of emergencies.
Oh say can you sea: While the dam was breaking on impeachment, some other alarming news emerged from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC). The big picture: Sea levels are rising twice as fast as they did in the 20th century, and by 2100, seas could be two feet higher even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced—maybe more if the world fails to do anything.
Here’s what that means for cities: By 2050, extreme storms that typically happen once every 100 years could hit the world’s coastal cities at least once per year, according to the report. That would put more than 1 billion people in low-lying areas at risk worldwide. In some islands and coastal cities, local sea levels are already rising to those once-a-century levels more frequently, and even in the best case scenario those trends could reach U.S. cities on the East and West coasts as early as 2035. CityLab’s Linda Poon has the details from the IPCC’s latest report: The Storm of the Century Could S…