IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse
The latest report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on impacts from climate change, both current and looming, and recommendations for how to adapt. It also ratchets up considerably the confidence levels for those predicted impacts.
KQED’s Forum hosted a segment on the report Tuesday morning. And the New York Times has this story on the scope of the IPCC’s work, the expected impacts from climate change — hunger, thirst, flooding, violent conflicts, mass migrations — and the political response (or lack thereof):
The North America section drills down into some local impacts. Here’s a taste of what the IPCC says we can expect in California. And yes, the report says that some of this is already happening.
- Flooding in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
- Loss of suitable land for wine growing
- Declines in agricultural productivity for other crops, though some of that may be softened by irrigation
- A longer wildfire season and more acreage burned
- Earlier spring runoff and declines in the amount of water stored by the mountain snowpack
- Sea level rise