In L.A., the deadly threat now is drought. I do not see much evidence that we have heard this is an emergency. We should be on alert. Would I were twenty years younger and I would run for governor of California.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.
We must respond to the urgency of drought and loss of biodiversity, and we must promote landscaping that feeds either people or wildlife. We don't have the water or the time to waste on anything else.
First, please know that I very much sympathize with your stance. I'm sure that because of what I've allowed my front yard to become, you must think of me as a nightmare of a neighbor.
The men and women who understood the need for massive public works projects were visionaries. They were not ideologically opposed to using the collective resources of government to make big things happen. Sadly, too few of these people are at the helm of Government today.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.
Across the globe, we've loaded the atmosphere with so much pollution from burning fossil fuel that the climate is warming up everywhere, and our weather and climate is changing to a "new normal." The conditions we were used to are a thing of the past, and this is especially true for the southwestern states.
No one can deny that California is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. The challenge in crafting a long-term solution to the drought is that it requires us to confront the broader problem of climate change, and for many involved in the issue, climate change is a mirage.
Perhaps the threat of our children not having a suitable planet to inhabit, deadly storms related to sea level rise, or enough water to drink might be the impetus to change?
The drought in California is easy to forget about when the water runs fine and our daily lives hardly feel affected. But the reality is that the U.S. ...
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Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.
We need to move the conversation about climate change past how bad things are going to get, and into how we are going to solve the problem and complete a transition to a clean energy future.
With ugly politics and intense greed blocking the way, it's up to us to turn things around and vote with our forks to better protect our own health, each other, and the planet we (as well as countless species) call home.