Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Extreme Drought

Monday, March 24th, 2014

California is experiencing record-breaking drought and we all need to take action. Governor Brown has urged us to reduce our water consumption by 20%. We speak with John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, about this issue and what long-term drought could mean for the state. Find out what we all need to do to reduce our use of water at home and outdoors.

Everyday Action: Reduce your water consumption by 20% every day, indoors and out! Take shorter showers, wash only full loads of clothes, fix any leaks and don’t let the tap run. Outdoors, check your sprinklers, water less frequently and in the early morning or late evening, or re-landscape with native plants. More tips at Save Our H2O.

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Ocean Protection Through Action

Monday, February 10th, 2014

What does a seafloor map look like, and who uses one? How does California use Marine Protected Areas as underwater laboratories? In this Thank You Ocean Report, we continue our conversation with Cat Kuhlman, the California Ocean Protection Council’s Executive Director, as she explains some of the innovative and collaborative projects the council is working on. Protecting California’s coasts and ocean is a challenge, to say the least!

Everyday Action: Teach children to respect nature to instill an environmental ethic. Take them on hikes, beach exploring or camping. Help them plant a tree, pick up litter, or learn about the ocean. Be a good example and role model. Do your part to protect California’s ocean and coasts for the benefit of current and future generations. Want to know how? Visit Thank You Ocean’s Take Action page.

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Protecting California’s Ocean

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The California coast is breathtakingly beautiful and also plays a vital part in our economy. With almost 70% of California’s citizens living in coastal communities, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. So what exactly does the Ocean Protection Council do? In part one of our two-part series, we talk with Catherine Kuhlman, Executive Director of the Ocean Protection Council, to learn more about the OPC’s unique role in protecting California’s coast and ocean.

Everyday Action: No matter where you live in California you can impact the ocean. We can all take action every day to help keep our ocean a healthy and thriving place. One person can make a difference. Join a beach clean-up, or conduct your own. Use re-usable bags, carry your own mug, and follow the Ocean Protection Council’s work.

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California King Tides: “Snap the Shore, See the Future”

Monday, December 16th, 2013

What will happen to our coastline with sea level rise? Help us find out! Learn how you can help gather important information about our changing coastline by simply taking and sharing your photos of California’s “King Tides” — the highest tides of the year.

We talk with Heidi Nutters, with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, about California’s King Tides Initiative, the photography project where your photos play a part in helping scientists and others better understand the impacts of rising waters along the California Coast. King Tides dates this season are December 30-31, January 1-2, and January 29-31, so start thinking of your favorite coastal spots and get your cameras ready!

Everyday Action: Get involved in the California King Tides Initiative. Be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions.

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Ocean Acidification

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

What is this threat and how can it affect our ocean world? What does it mean for organisms such as sea urchins? Dr. Gretchen Hofmann, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, discusses her work with Ocean Acidification and why we should pay attention. (Photos courtesy of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory)

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California King Tides Initiative: Glimpses into the Future of Rising Sea Levels

Monday, January 9th, 2012

King Tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year.  Combined with winter storm events, these high water levels can show us how rising sea levels due to climate change might impact our communities in the future.  The California King Tides Initiative is inviting the public to shoot (from a safe distance) and share photos online using social media to build a living record of current and future coastal areas vulnerable to inundation.   Marina Psaros from the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve discusses how these photographs help us visualize the future impacts from sea level rise in your local community and all along the California coastline.
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Sea Level Rise

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Waves washing over the road in Santa Cruz, California during a combination high tide and wave event (Feb. 2008). As sea-level rise continues, flooding and coastal erosion will increase in intensity and duration raising infrastructure maintenance costs and disrupting transportation. Photo courtesy David L. Revell – ESA PWAOne of the responsibilities of our guest, John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, is to serve as the chair of the Ocean Protection Council which provides scientific research on a number of issues including sea level rise. And, according to the Secretary, recent research leaves little doubt that sea level rise will occur.

California and the World Ocean Conference 2010 (CWO ’10)

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

California and the World Ocean Conference 2010 logo

Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, highlights the upcoming “California and the World Ocean Conference 2010″ to be held in San Francisco from September 7-10, 2010. As with the previous CWO conferences, CWO ‘10 will seek the experience, views and innovative ideas of experts throughout California, the United States, and the international community in addressing ocean and coastal resource management issues facing California and other states and nations.

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California Winter Rains: El Nino

Monday, February 8th, 2010

California Winter RainsNOAA is predicting an El Nino winter in California. Mark Jackson, Meteorologist in Charge, NOAA National Weather Service in Oxnard, California, discusses the cause and effect of an El Nino on California’s winter rains. (Photo courtesy of Jayme Laber/NOAA)

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California Climate Adaptation Strategy

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The ocean produces more oxygen than all of the forests combinedChristine Blackburn, PhD, Program Manager with the Ocean Protection Council, comments on the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy Discussion Draft which summarizes the best known science on climate change impacts in seven specific sectors and provides recommendations on how to manage against those threats.

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