This article discusses California and climate change – what to expect. The state’s newly-released climate change assessment offers some sobering clues.
State’s common companions: wildfire and drought
Wildfire and drought are common companions in California. The consequences of living in an arid landscape, which has grown drier as global temperatures increase, have piled up year after year over the past decade. Bigger wildfires, especially in 2017 and 2018; record droughts, especially the one we had from 2012 to 2016; and whiplash weather, switching from heat waves to deluges, all point to a chaotic future for the state and also for the West Coast.
That’s the basic message from the recently released California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment.