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Boiling Point: Want to Stop Climate Change? Look to Farms, Forests and Wetlands

Oct 22, 2020 at 6:00am

Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times

We should be grateful to natural landscapes: Without any prompting from human beings, they absorb 29% of the heat-trapping carbon dioxide we spew into the atmosphere, per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Wildfires can Cause Dangerous Debris Flows

Oct 22, 2020 at 8:00am

Jules Bernstein, UC Riverside

Wildfires don’t stop being dangerous after the flames go out. Even one modest rainfall after a fire can cause a deadly landslide, according to new UC Riverside research.

How Water Justice Groups View Groundwater Sustainability Planning

Oct 20, 2020 at 8:00am

Caitrin Chappelle, Public Policy Institute of California

Over-pumping of groundwater has caused domestic wells to go dry in the San Joaquin Valley. Yet many of the first round of plans prepared to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) do not yet propose ways to address this problem.

Marine Heat Wave ‘Blobs’ are Becoming More Severe as Oceans Warm

Oct 19, 2020 at 3:00pm

Nicola Jones, Yale Environment 360

September, the unglamorously-named “NEP20b” became the biggest-yet-spotted blob of warm water there since satellite records began in the early 1980s.

Decades of Mismanagement led to Choked Forests — Now it's Time to Clear Them Out, Fire Experts Say

Oct 18, 2020 at 8:35pm

Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBC News

For decades, federal, state and local agencies have prioritized fire suppression over prevention. As climate change continues to fuel dry conditions in the American West, many experts say it’s long past time to shift the focus back to managing healthy forests that can better withstand fire and add to a more sustainable future.

Bodega Bay Tide Pools Show Effects of Climate Change

Oct 16, 2020 at 4:00am

Nick Rahaim, San Francisco Chronicle

From the southern tip of Baja California to southeast Alaska, the range of sea creatures has pushed northward as water has warmed. Some creatures are expanding their range as they migrate north by holding on to their southern frontier. Others are disappearing from their historical homes.

Fire Science Critical for Combating Wildfires Out West

Oct 15, 2020 at 8:00am

What can we do to be better prepared to manage fires – including understanding the factors that influence where, when, and how fires burn, and what the consequences of fires are for humans and ecosystems.

New Insights into Putah Creek Salmon

Oct 18, 2020 at 8:00am

Malte Willmes, Anna Steel, Levi Lewis, Peter Moyle, and Andrew Rypel

Chinook Salmon have become a welcome and familiar sight in recent years in Putah Creek. Considered a keystone species across the Pacific Northwest, Chinook Salmon hold a special place as a cultural and food resource.

Linking Critical Zone Water Storage and Ecosystems

Oct 15, 2020 at 10:20am

Roger C. Bales and William E. Dietrich

The geology and the structure of Earth’s critical zone control subsurface moisture storage potential and determine the resilience of forest and river ecosystems to drought.

2020-21 Winter outlook leans warm and dry across southern U.S.

Oct 15, 2020 at 8:00am

NOAA Climate Prediction Center

Winter outlook forecasts cooler North, warmer South with ongoing La Nina

Thoughtful Forest Management & Better Building Practices Can Help Mitigate the Impact of Wildfires

Oct 14, 2020 at 8:00am

Ann Bartuska, David N. Wear, and Matthew Wibbenmeyer

More than five million acres have burned across the West Coast in this year’s unusually severe wildfire season. To provide further context on how policymakers and forest managers can effectively mitigate the mounting threat of wildfires, RFF’s Ann Bartuska, David Wear, and Matthew Wibbenmeyer share their insights.

Bay Area’s chances for abundant winter rain appear slim

Oct 10, 2020 at 3:05pm

Will Houston, Marin Independent Journal

“The three-month outlook for January, February and March has most of California above normal for temperature but below normal for precipitation, and that would also include Marin for below-normal chances for precipitation,” said meteorologist Matt Mehle of the National Weather Service.