Climate change is happening in our backyard. It’s not just about polar bears and arctic ice. The change is happening today in Los Angeles. Climate Resolve is dedicated to creating solutions to meet this daunting challenge while making Los Angeles a more liveable place for us all.
Stunning Snowfall Loss in LA Predicted by New ResearchThe picture of LA's future is coming into focus. Alex Hall's latest study "Mid- and End-of-Century Snowfall in the Los Angeles Region," tells an alarming story.
The one place on earth where you can ski in the morning and surf by sundown is destined for changes – changes that could alter our very notion of living in Los Angeles. Within your lifetime and certainly the next generation’s we may no longer be able to load up the car for that last minute trip to a favorite sledding spot on a weekend afternoon whim. There are other implications for life in LA as well, for the region’s economy, water resources, and wildlife; but first, let’s talk about what exactly this groundbreaking study reveals.
The study estimates that the Los Angeles area will lose 30-40% of its annual snowfall in local mountains by mid-century. Whether or not we take action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, substantial snowfall loss by mid-century is inevitable, and we have to adapt to these changes. The good news is that taking action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will make a substantial difference and help to preserve some of Southern California’s snow for future generations.
Read more about what a loss of snowfall might mean for Los Angeles.
Tar Sands Arrive in the SouthlandNo doubt you’ve heard about the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved, would send Alberta crude to refineries in Port Arthur, Texas. But I bet you haven’t heard about tar sands oil coming from Canada to Southern California via tanker car.
Valero is planning to ship 30,000 barrels a day of tar sands crude via rail to its refinery in the City of Los Angeles. Some shipments have already arrived – which means that Angelenos have been standing at the pump, putting tar sands in our cars and breathing-in tar sands crud from combustion. The high sulfur content of tar sands oil has been anecdotally linked to last year’s refinery fire in Richmond. Tar sands oil uses massive amounts of energy to extract and refine. In fact, it is three to four times more carbon intensive than regular oil.
This revelation comes at a time of great progress in Los Angeles...
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Climate Smart Schools in LAGermain Elementary School, in the San Fernando Valley, is composed of a small set of classrooms surrounded by a sea of hot black asphalt. The playgrounds add an extra 40°F, forcing the students to stay indoors. And the heat makes the school’s air conditioners labor that much harder.
Climate Resolve has now joined with EcoMotion to create Climate Smart Schools. Together we’re directly helping school districts win real savings, get the best bang-for-the-buck from Prop. 39.