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Climate Change and California

Ariana Grell, World News Editor

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The question of how to solve global climate change has become a primary question in California.   With many natural disasters across the world increasing, there is no doubt that California has seen it’s share. In California in the past year, there have been dozens of fires that were considered some of the deadliest in California.  San Francisco recorded its highest temperature ever of 106 degrees F. Also, roughly $10.9 billion dollars were required for disaster relief in California between March and October.  Lastly we had the largest amount of rain fall in seven years, according to the National Weather Service. Nineteen inches of rain fell  in the 2016-2017 season which is largest amount since the 2010-2011 season at 20.2 inches. Also, one more recent California disaster, are the mudslides that took place in January which killed at least 15 and trapped many in their homes.  Also, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters have occurred more frequently and have had more variety. With climate change, soon many cities will be unable to host the winter Olympic games due to the rise of temperatures.

Los Angeles Fires of 2017

 

There is also no questioning that climate change exists. NASA has found that carbon levels on Earth are the highest they have been in 650,000 years and that the global temperature has gone up 1.7 degrees F, also that 17 of the warmest temperatures have occurred since 2001. With temperatures and carbon on the rise the ice in the Arctic ice is melting down 13.2 percent per decade. The decrease of ice in the Arctic is flowing into the ocean and causing the sea levels to rise and at the rate of 3 .4 mm per year of global sea rising. With the sea levels rising over 40% of the American population will be affected with the large majority of people living in coastal areas, nuisance flooding has also increased by 300-900% in the last 50 years. NASA and other organizations in the UN and the US are working on solutions to prevent more carbon emissions, but there are not many long-term solutions to undo what has already been done.

 

 

 

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