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Climate Change Hits Home

On this page we'll be following how climate change has already begun to affect life in the United States.

California's global warming law takes a hit

In a setback that could stall the rollout of California's landmark climate change law, a court in San Francisco has ruled that the state must spend more time studying alternatives to the measure's key feature -- a cap-and-trade program on greenhouse gas emissions -- before it goes into effect Jan. 1.

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Earthquakes in Arkansas May Be Man-Made

The sudden swarm of earthquakes in Arkansas -- including the largest quake to hit the state in 35 years -- is very possibly an after effect of natural-gas drilling, experts warn. At issue is a practice called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in which water is injected into the ground at high pressure to fracture rock and release natural gas trapped within it.

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Activists to state case on David-Besse licence

Two weeks ago, four citizens groups were in Port Clinton, arguing before a panel appointed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that Davis-Besse should not be allowed to continue running for twenty years beyond its designed operating life. Today, in the wake of the nuclear disasters unfolding in Japan those groups had a stark warning for Ohio, Michigan and even Ontario. "It can happen here."

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Bill Maher points out oil industry's influence in climate change politics

Is science political?

That's what one guest on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" claimed Friday, drawing gasps from the studio audience during a discussion about global climate change.

"Science is very political," Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) said.

"The only science that is 'political' is the science that is funded by oil companies," host Bill Maher replied.

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NASA to Help Bay Area Cities Plan for Rising Sea Levels

NASA to Help Bay Area Cities Plan for Rising Sea Levels NASA is embarking on an ambitious mission to help Bay Area cities predict and plan for rising sea levels, droughts, and other impacts of climate change, a NASA official told Palo Alto Patch Friday.

City leaders and NASA scientists will convene next month at a three-day series of workshops at Ames Research Center, where they will begin assessing and developing strategies for how Ames and Bay Area cities can adapt to climate change, according to NASA Ames Director of Operations Deborah Feng.

"I don't think we've really begun to scratch the surface on adapting, frankly," said Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie. "While we may be ahead in monitoring and taking actions to be proactive in reducing greenhouse gases, I don't think we're anywhere near where we need to be in terms of discussing adaption."

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Study Looks at Drought Response in Grapes

Study Looks at Drought Response in Grapes A student's scholarship-winning project at South Dakota State University may help scientists better understand how grapes and other plants respond to drought.

The study could pay off in better production as plant breeders develop varieties for regions facing increased drought stress due to climate change.

"Current predictions of climate change will force wineries to adjust to drier conditions worldwide," Vaughn said. "Grapevines are one of the most economically important and widely cultivated crops in the U.S. and internationally. The billion-dollar grape industry is the sixth-leading crop in the U.S. and we rank third in production worldwide. A study of the whole-plant responses and differential gene expression of vascular bundles of grape roots to drought stress could significantly impact how the grape industry prepares for climatic changes."

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Climate Change's Threat To The Florida Economy

... the risks to Florida's economy from inaction on climate change are simply too great to ignore, and correcting the misalignment of energy prices provides opportunities to create new industries. Our analysis indicates that well-crafted climate legislation would move the nation toward the goal of significantly reducing pollution, while protecting and even enhancing economic growth in Florida. Such a path is in the best interests of Florida's long-term economic development and its millions of current and future residents.

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How Will Climate Change Impact Our Risk of Malaria?

How Will Climate Change Impact Our Risk of Malaria? Thanks to a $250,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant we may soon know how climate change will impact our risk of malaria and dengue fever. Dr. Kathleen Schreiber, professor of geography at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, received the grant from the NSF sponsored Vector-Borne Disease Project to measure how environmental temperature change influences the transmission and disease risk of the two diseases.

There are two climate models used in the project: the downscaling model which produces the localized temperature projections and the epidemiological model. Schreiber says that when the two are mixed together, researchers can predict the risk of infection in the future.  "Temperature affects the biting rate of mosquitoes and the incubation of parasites," said Schreiber. "With a higher temperature, for example, malaria incubation in the mosquito does not take as long. Therefore, the mosquito is more likely to become infected before dying and transmit the disease to others."

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New regional plan proposes 'climate adaptation' for Taos County

A newly released plan for Taos County approaches climate change as inevitable and suggests ways in which the county should change to deal with its looming effects.

The Forest and Water Climate Adaptation plan, which explores the issue from a variety of perspectives, was created using a grant obtained by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Town of Taos Planner Matthew Foster was its primary author.

"This plan is adaptation. It's not mitigation," he said. "As a long-range planner, it's a topic I'm really interested in."

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Rising waters threaten North Carolina

Rising waters threaten North Carolina The sea that sculpted North Carolina's coast, from its arc of barrier islands to the vast, nurturing sounds, is reshaping it once again.

Water is rising three times faster on the N.C. coast than it did a century ago as warming oceans expand and land ice melts, recent research has found. It's the beginning of what a N.C. science panel expects will be a 1-meter increase by 2100.

Rising sea level is the clearest signal of climate change in North Carolina. Few places in the United States stand to be more transformed.

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In Ventura, a retreat in the face of a rising sea

In Ventura, a retreat in the face of a rising sea At Surfers Point in Ventura, California is beginning its retreat from the ocean.

Construction crews are removing a crumbling bike path, ripping out a 120-space parking lot and laying down sand and cobblestones. By pushing the asphalt 65 feet inland, the project is expected to give the wave-ravaged point 50 more years of life.

The effort by the city of Ventura is the most vivid example to date of what may lie ahead in California as coastal communities come to grips with rising sea levels and worsening coastal erosion. As the coastline creeps inland, scouring sand from beaches or eating away at coastal bluffs, landowners will increasingly be forced to decide whether to spend vast sums of money fortifying the shore or give up and step back.

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