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Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerability & Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California

Created: 12/18/2013 - Updated: 2/12/2019

Abstract

Our Changing Climate 2012 highlights important new insights and data, using probabilistic and detailed climate projections and refined topographic, demographic and land use information. The findings include:

  • The state’s electricity system is more vulnerable than was previously understood.
  • The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is sinking, putting levees at growing risk.
  • Wind and waves, in addition to faster rising seas, will worsen coastal flooding.
  • Animals and plants need connected “migration corridors” to allow them to move to more suitable habitats to avoid serious impacts.
  • Native freshwater fish are particularly threatened by climate change.
  • Minority and low-income communities face the greatest risks from climate change.
  • There are effective ways to prepare for and manage climate change risks, but local governments face many barriers to adapting to climate change; these can be addressed so that California can continue to prosper.

Published On

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Keywords

Scale: 
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Culture/communities
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Policy
Water Resources
Wildlife
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Culture / communities
Flooding
Habitat extent
Public safety threats
Range shifts
Sea level rise
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy

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