The Climate Change Of California

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Because most greenhouse gases would remain in the atmosphere for a long period of time, the temperature of the earth will be continuously rising. If global heat-trapping emissions proceed at a medium to high rate, temperatures in California are expected to rise 4.7 to 10.5°F by the end of the century1. With the rise of temperature, the climate of California would also be changed. California has large area of forest and farmland, hundreds of miles of coastline, large amount of snowpack, and other natural wonders. And these special treasures of nature are especially at risk2. So it is very necessary to understand the strategies of California to combat climate change. Influences of climate change in California The climate in California is expected to become warmer in the next few decades, as stated above. It would cause five key threats to California: drought and wildfires, coastal danger, bad air days, spreading disease and loss of native fish.3 1.Drought and wildfire Sierra Nevada snowpack provide 75 percent to 80 percent of California’s freshwater, and as a result of the increasing temperature, the Sierra snowpack was only 14 percent of normal in February, 2014.3 The lack of water also causes more wildfires. 2. Coastal Danger The sea-level in California increased about 1.4 meter in May, 2014 and the sea-level had increased 18 centimeters from 1900 to 2005. 3The rising of the sea level would increase the danger of flood. It would also pollute the groundwater and shrink the
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