Thursday, September 26, 2013

Losing your glacier? Make your own!

This is amazing. Do-it-yourself glaciers: The iceman cometh: If climate change takes your local glacier away, why not build another? (July 13, 2013, the Economist)

This doesn't solve every problem related to the loss of the glaciers, but it gets at one aspect that hurts a vulnerable population-- farmers who depend on snowmelt to irrigate crops in high altitude (short-growing-season) climates.

"[S]ome farms are better-off now than they used to be in the days before the natural glaciers vanished."

Hats off.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Even hardy blue oaks have their limits- KQED coverage of Bay Area climate change

Yesterday KQED's Lauren Sommer aired this 5 min. piece about SF Bay Area climate change impacts, focusing on the plight of the blue oaks of Mount Hamilton and other California live oak species featuring the work of some of my colleague adaptation experts at the Nature Conservancy (TNC), UC Berkeley, and the Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County. Follow that link for maps and other links.

"It could be these oaks are already living at their limit, says [TNC's] Sasha Gennet."

Talking to David Ackerly (UCB) and Pepperwood's Lisa Micheli, the reporter comments: "Think of it as an acorn-by-acorn race with climate change."