Why you should care about California’s Clover in Grassland climate
When you think of California’s grassland, a lot of people might picture a green and healthy forest, but you’ll probably see a lot more of it when you look at the state’s forests.
And while they may look beautiful in photos, grasslands are incredibly resilient.
For the past 40 years, California has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of CO2 it is releasing into the atmosphere, which has resulted in more intense storms and drought.
“That has been a big change,” says Chris Hargreaves, a professor of geography at California State University, San Bernardino.
“It has resulted primarily in more extreme weather and drought.”
The state is also experiencing more wildfires than ever before, with California seeing more than 3,000 fires in 2017 alone.
Hargresons research found that about 30 percent of California wildfires were due to climate change.
A growing number of researchers are saying that climate change is contributing to these changes.
And this has a profound effect on the state.
According to a 2017 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, if we do not act now, by the middle of this century, California could see a 30 percent increase in wildfires.
Hargeas research also shows that if we keep burning fossil fuels, we could see an even larger increase in extreme weather.
There are many other examples of how California’s climate is changing, including a new study that found that more than a third of the state could experience a “very significant” increase in precipitation over the next century.
And even though the amount is limited, Hargrey says it could make a big difference in terms of the amount and frequency of extreme weather that we experience.
“If we can stop burning fossil fuel and get into a situation where we can produce energy from renewable sources like wind and solar, it can change how the world views the weather,” he says.
The research is part of a new report titled “The Climate Crisis and the California Grasslands: What It Means for You.”
In the new report, Hargeres, Hirsch and their colleagues show that a growing number a scientists are saying is the “climate crisis,” that the climate is becoming more extreme and hotter, with more frequent and severe events and wildfires.
They call it “a crisis of extreme vulnerability,” according to the Associated Press.
“The impact of climate change on California’s forests is so profound, that a recent study estimates that a significant percentage of the forests of California could be completely lost in the next 50 years if nothing is done,” the authors wrote.
Hangeres and his team say the key to addressing the crisis is to make the state a “green” economy.
The authors wrote that “red” and “green economies” are the “best way to transition to a sustainable future.”