Climate change will take its toll heavily on California in the years to come.
A recent report has been released by the California Natural Resources Agency regarding the country’s climate change evaluation. Based on the report, climate change’s ramification in the state will severely rise in the coming years. The increasing temperatures will lead to further heat waves. By the year 2050, there could be an additional 11,000 deaths year that is linked to heat. Likewise, more wildfires are anticipated and in the ocean, there will be a dramatic increase in the water level that could destroy coastlines costing billions of dollars to repair.
According to Communications Director for CNRA Heather Williams, forests will become more vulnerable to intense wildfires. If the greenhouse effect persists to escalate until 2100, the occurrence of tremendous wildfire will surge by 50%, relatively burning 25,000 acres of land. By the end of the century, the typical area burned countrywide will inflate by 77%.
The prolongation of continuous climate change and drastic weather could make future droughts worse than ever. Snowpack water supply is expected to reduce by two-thirds in 2050. It only indicates that once droughts occurred, less water could be obtained. It will also be worse due to higher temperatures that could cause proliferated pressure to vegetation and more will be on the agriculture sector compared to the last aridity the state experienced from 2012 to 2016.
The Central Valley is expected to endure average Heat-Health Events (HHEs) that would prolong for 2 weeks and could arise four to ten-fold a number of times in the Northern Sierra region. HHE figures out the risk to populations susceptible to heat.
Extreme heat waves could cause increased deaths by 2 to 3 times in 2050. However, it does not cover casualties from other aftermaths aggravated by climate change. These include wildfire, deteriorated air quality, more severe storms, and other catastrophes.
The released report also noted of the rise in the sea level that could reach to more than 9 feet. A new research recognized the possibility for the West Antarctic ice sheet’s swift disintegration that could result in a disastrous sea level rise that could reach more than 10 feet by the year 2100.
Santa Cruz has been already threatened by climate change due to the increase in sea level. California is known for great and beautiful beaches but is in danger of getting drowned. Recently, another portion of West Cliff Drive came apart while workers tried to prevent it from collapsing into the Pacific Ocean.
Seawater is gnawing its way to the highly-regarded road. While the sea level accelerates, the ever-strengthening collision of the storm into the coast make the golden sands along with the beach properties in danger.
University of California, Santa Cruz professor Gary Griggs said, “Coastal property values are way inflated, factoring in all the risk involved. West Cliff Drive is the place to be now; lots of people who made money in Silicon Valley have moved there. They didn’t have any idea what they were getting into. The seawater keeps rising. In the long run, the main beach in Santa Cruz will certainly be lost, if nothing is done.”
Erosion had shapen California’s coastline even before the major economic development began that emitted gases which caused the greenhouse effect. With the rising sea level, beaches will instinctively move inland with the receding coastline.