Extreme heat has been a concern in Southern California for decades as temperatures continue to rise. In the City of Los Angeles, an effort to provide bus stop shade for public transit riders--who tend to be people of color—demonstrates a long-standing challenge in all levels of government: inability to work across departments.
What will it cost to protect the Bay Area from sea level rise? Try $110 billion, says state agency. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission have collaborated to develop a cost estimate for adapting to rising sea level in the SF Bay Region. It will not be inexpensive, but the cost of doing nothing is much more. (John King, SF Chronicle)
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission have collaborated to develop a cost estimate for adapting to rising sea level in the SF Bay Region. It will not be inexpensive, but the cost of doing nothing is much more. (John King, SF Chronicle)
Juan Moreno Haines writes from inside San Quentin Prison in https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/imprisoned-with-climate-change/ on the impacts of climate change on the incarcerated; an extremely vulnerable population that often goes unrecognized.
On May 20th, 2022 the BARC Governing Board approved the BARC Shared Work Plan.
After a 5 month- process, including numerous working group meetings and a two-month-long public comment period, BARC has synthesized 3 initiatives to strategically align agency planning and regulatory initiatives to advance shared climate mitigation and adaptation goals.
Following the adoption of BARC's Joint Resolution to Address Climate Change in September of 2021, cross-agency working groups from BARC's member agencies have begun the process of developing a Shared Work Plan, which will strategically align agency planning and regulatory initiatives within a 1-5 year time frame in order to accelerate the implementation of specific strategies that advance shared climate mitigation and adaptation goals.
Join Caltrans and community members for a public meeting to learn about a study being conducted to improve State Route 37. This meeting will provide an update on the development of the PEL (Planning and Environmental Linkages) Study, answer questions, and allow for public input on alignments to be evaluated in the study.
The meeting will be taking place on Zoom on:
Tuesday, Jan. 25th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (PST).
A recent article in the New York Times highlights the financial crises that small towns, particularly in low-income areas, are experiencing in the face of climate shocks. Without the financial ability to rebuild and recover from natural disasters, communities enter into a downward spiral of shrinking populations and declining revenues; furthermore, those who stay in damaged communities find themselves unable to sell their homes at a price that would enable them to relocate somewhere safer.
A recent interactive article in NPR highlights the threat that rising sea levels are posing to Facebook and Google's multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley campuses, which both companies are continuing to expand.
A recent article in KQED News showcases East Palo Alto's community-led efforts to adapt to climate change. The town of 30,000 is one of the most vulnerable localities to rising sea levels in the Bay Area; two-thirds of the city could experience regular flooding within a decade and high-tide inundation by mid-century. East Palo Alto is also a community of color, with a 66% Latino population and a significant number of Pacific Islanders, some of whom previously fled rising seas in the South Pacific.