The 1st California Adaptation Forum, organized by the Local Government Commission and the State of California, is being held August 19th – 20th in Sacramento, CA. Don’t miss this opportunity to come together with nearly 600 adaptation leaders from across California to participate in over 40 multidisciplinary sessions, networking activities and more.
Be sure to catch Climate Resolve’s David Fink on two panels – Reducing The Urban Heat Island Effect: A Perfect Adaptation + Mitigation Nexus and Opportunities for Leveraging GhG Mitigation Investment to Deliver Climate Resilience.
The early bird registration for the Forum ends TODAY! Register by midnight Friday, July 25 to receive a $50 discount on your registration.
We hope to see you in Sacramento!
In the early morning hours of July 2nd, an exciting new spacecraft streaked the skies above Los Angeles. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) launched into orbit as it became the first NASA satellite dedicated to making space-based observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).
When OCO-2 begins collecting data in the next few weeks, it will be able to measure carbon dioxide levels at regional scales to an unprecedented accuracy. This is great news for those of us acting locally, as OCO-2 will work in sync with ground sensors to better determine CO2 emissions from the greater Los Angeles area.
Humans release 40 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. Earth’s land surface and ocean absorb about half of these emissions, but where exactly this carbon ends up is a bit of a mystery. OCO-2 will show us where CO2 is emitted and where it is absorbed and stored. As an increase in CO2 is directly correlated to our warming planet, data from OCO-2 will be critical to completely understanding our climate and what affect we on Earth have.
“I think OCO-2 will clearly show that we can make very precise, global measurements of carbon dioxide from space,” says Dr. Annemarie Eldering, OCO-2′s Deputy Project Scientist. “It will reduce uncertainty about how the atmosphere, plants and oceans cycle carbon dioxide from one to the other.”
OCO-2 is the sequel to the original OCO, which failed to make it into orbit after a payload fairing failed to separate during launch in 2009. NASA hopes that information from the sequel will help policymakers and business leaders make better decisions to ensure climate stability and ensure our communities continue to thrive.
— NASA OCO-2 (@IamOCO2) July 2, 2014
Climate Resolve was thrilled to be a part of the NASA Social team to cover the launch of OCO-2. Stay-tuned for more groundbreaking findings from this mission.
NASA Social participants with OCO-2 before launch.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced a series of actions to help communities across the nation better prepare for local climate impacts. Initiatives include new funds to help rural communities ensure safe drinking water amidst wide-spread drought and the development of advanced 3D mapping data and tools that would allow cities and states to better respond to weather-related disasters – such as flooding, coastal erosion, and landslide hazards.
“Climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America that we need to stay competitive in this 21st century economy,” said President Obama. “We’re going to help communities improve their electric grids, build stronger seawalls and natural barriers, and protect their water supplies. We’re also going to invest in stronger more resilient infrastructure.”
These actions were among the recommendations from the president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, a group of 26 state, local, and tribal leaders from across the nation. Members of the Task Force include LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown.
Finally ready to nix your water-thirsty lawn? To encourage more outdoor water conservation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has increased its Cash In Your Lawn incentive to $3 per square foot from $2 per square foot for residential customers to replace their grass with California Friendly plants and other water-wise landscaping.