Climate change puts California’s snowpack under the weather
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides 60 percent of the state’s water via a vast network of dams and reservoirs, has already been diminished by human-induced climate change and if emissions levels aren’t reduced, the snowpack could largely disappear during droughts, according to findings in the study published today in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
And the Environmental Oscar goes to…
Introducing the augural IoES Environmental Oscars—where researchers and other experts rate this year’s Academy Awards best movie nominees on their environmental content.
Oroville Dam crisis could be sign of things to come
The recent crisis at Oroville Dam sheds light on an emerging problem for California’s aging water resources infrastructure. Professor Alex Hall’s research shows that, as temperatures warm in the Sierra Nevada, climate change could precipitate a deluge that will overwhelm a patchwork network of dams and reservoirs that supply 60 percent of the state’s water.
A new generation of barriers to California’s public coast
The California Coastal Act promises that the coastline be open to all, but 40 years after its passage, new obstacles have emerged. And they’ll take more than new beach paths to overcome.
Arctic oil and environmental legacy in the crosshairs
President Barack Obama’s Arctic oil drilling ban and environmental legacy are in President Trump’s crosshairs. Obama’s last days in the Oval Office included a flurry of new environmental protections. In his first days the incoming president is busy taking actions to dismantle them.
President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy and his Arctic oil drilling ban are in the crosshairs of the new president. Obama’s last days in the Oval office included a flurry of environmental protections. The first days of the Trump administration efforts are being made to dismantle them.