California fieldThanks to greenhouse gases, California risks more winter floods and summer droughts.

Global warming will affect river flows. We'll have more rain and less snow. Snow remains will melt earlier in the year.

California's major rivers will flow higher during winter and lower during spring and summer.

This is all assuming CO2 doubles (likely) and El Niño will remain the same (probably).


Read about the new research by Lawrence Livermore:

Growing Risk Of Water Shortages And Flooding In California


New Climate Research Reveals Growing Risk of Water Shortages and Flooding in California


Large-scale Ecosystem Restoration Initiatives
Protecting and Restoring the San Francisco Bay-Delta


CDEC - California Data Exchange Center
Installs, maintains, operates hydrologic data collection network.
Snow gages, precipitation and river stage sensors.
Lots of forecasts reports, charts, satellite images.

CA State Water Board
Protects and enforces many water uses:
industry, agriculture, municipal, environmental


What a great way to spend a sunny Saturday morning!

With my dog in tow I joined my neighbors and local volunteers in planting some native plant seedlings to help protect our local open space.

In my case "local open space" is a protected wetland sandwiched between my home and the San Pablo bay. It is called the Santa Venetia Marsh Open Space Preserve.

The Marin County Open Space District and local nonprofit organization "Save the Bay" and many volunteers are building a "biological fence" of native plants on both sides of the levy. Once these plants are established they will keep the endangered animals in the wetland (such as the California Clapper Rail, a rather elusive bird) from being disturbed by humans and their dogs.

Read the article in the Marin IJ. There is even a quote of mine at the end of the article!

Nature lovers get dirty
(Marin Independent Journal)

Related subjects:

World Wetlands Day

Save The Bay

Santa Venetia Marsh

California Clapper Rail


The Green Revolution

Are banks sacrificing profits for activists' principles?

Adopting environmentally and socially responsible banking practices is the PC thing to do these days.

Banks say doing the right thing is a delicate balance.


Activists' aggressive tactics are forcing banks to adopt policies.

 

In 2005 PMorgan Chase became the third U.S. bank to adopt the benchmark Equator Principles (EP) for project finance; it also promised to create policies to promote sustainable forestry and protect indigenous people's rights and to cut its own-and its clients'-carbon-dioxide emissions.

Moreover, the bank extended the EP to include all loans, debt and equity underwriting, financial advisories and project-linked derivative transactions.

This makes JPMorgan Chase one of the most environmentally progressive banks on the planet.

Read the entire article here:
U. S. Banker | The Green Revolution