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Climate Change in California: Changing Climate in a Changing World

Climate Change in California: Changing Climate in a Changing World

Climate change is rapidly accelerating in California, state report says

Climate change experts say the state’s future climate is already being transformed by an unprecedented loss of wetland and riparian habitat, a changing climate and growing population.

That new reality in the state’s Central Valley has come into sharper focus in a new report in the journal Nature Climate Change, by scientists from the California Drought Management Office, the University of Nebraska and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

The report, “Global Risks of Climate Change in California: Changing Climate in a Changing World,” presents a detailed assessment of the threats posed to the state as a result of human activities that are already altering the climate.

That report provides a more global perspective on challenges facing California water managers and the broader climate change community, said Mark S. Lewis, director of the California Drought Management Office.

“Climate change is not a single, isolated incident. It’s a fundamental aspect of life on the planet as we know it today,” Lewis said.

“And we can no longer afford to ignore the impact on our state,” he said.

A key objective as the state moves toward adaptation in a changing climate is to ensure that climate change impacts are communicated to all segments of society.

The first step is to ensure water managers and the general public have the tools necessary to understand the extent and impact of water issues from a warming climate, Lewis said.

“We’ve made tremendous progress over the past few decades in addressing the impacts of rising sea level and higher temperatures,” he said. “But this report is the first step in building the capacity of water managers throughout California to understand the full range of consequences of climate change.”

In the report, researchers assess the impacts of global climate change, such as changes in the distribution of precipitation, droughts and flooding; and identify changes that can be attributed to human actions such as global warming or land use, such as deforestation.

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