COUNTY RELEASES DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

The County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development Department (P&D) is announcing the release of a Draft Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) available HERE. The County is accepting public comments on the draft assessment through 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 22. Comments can be submitted via mail.
 
The CCVA is the result of a multi-year effort to improve community resiliency by analyzing how climate change could harm our community. The CCVA provides an opportunity for a closer look at specific climate-related hazards, like extreme heat, wildfires, sea-level rise, drought, coastal and inland flooding, agricultural pests and diseases, landslides, and extreme weather events, and how these hazards are likely to affect our communities now, and in the future.
 
It is well documented that climate-related hazards may impact people and communities disproportionately. Housing, income, education, race and ethnicity, culture, health, ability, and access to services matter greatly when assessing the extent and likelihood of harm caused by climate hazards. For this important reason, the CCVA integrates equity into the technical analyses, identifying populations that are most at risk of harm.
 
Highlights from the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment:
  • 13 applicable climate change hazards identified in the county
  • A wide array of community assets evaluated, including economic drivers, ecosystems and natural resources, infrastructure, buildings and facilities, and key community services
  • 16 “frontline populations” identified, e.g. those groups that experience the impacts of climate change earlier and/or to a more severe degree than others.
  • 106 of 138 populations and assets were evaluated as having a “high” or “severe” vulnerability to climate change.
  • Key findings to help guide work on the next phase of the project developing adaptation strategies

For more information, the public can visit the One Climate project website and sign up to receive e-mail updates specific to the CCVA, Climate Change Adaptation Plan, and Safety Element Update. For more information about the Safety Element Update, click here.

 
For questions, please contact Project Manager Whitney Wilkinson by email or call (805) 568-2067. 
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sacjon Sep 27, 2021 02:26 PM
COUNTY RELEASES DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

BUMBLEBEE - huh? You say politicians say "change is good." Climate change is not the kind of change they're talking about. But, to follow your tangent, who knows? Maybe some good will come of it to some lucky entrepreneur or inventor, but it likely won't outweigh the bad for our planet overall.

Voice of Reason Sep 27, 2021 02:36 PM
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Correct Bumblebee, a fact often ignored is that a warming climate has actually saved lives. Over the past twenty years temperature increases have yielded more heat related deaths, but at the same time there have been significantly fewer cold related deaths.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00081-4/fulltext

sacjon Sep 27, 2021 04:23 PM
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VOICE - "At a global level, the results indicate that global warming might slightly reduce net temperature-related deaths in the short term, although, in the long run, climate change is expected to increase the mortality burden. " https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00081-4/fulltext

MarcelK Sep 29, 2021 04:09 PM
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Funny how a familiar voice says that a comment steeped in ignorance, illogic, and intellectual dishonesty is "correct". To point out the bl**dy f***ing obvious: a) no politician says that change is good for its own sake or all change is good--all politicians resist some changes and promote others. b) Just because it's good to turn on the hot water when taking a shower doesn't mean that it's good to jump into a pot of boiling water.

MarcelK Sep 29, 2021 04:18 PM
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This is utterly wrong (as usual from this source). What is the physical process by which we are supposedly "coming out of an ice age"? I'm pretty sure I've asked this before and got no response. https://skepticalscience.com/coming-out-of-little-ice-age-advanced.htm

Babycakes Sep 27, 2021 04:27 PM
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I would like the eco-warriors to start condemning the millionaire/billionaire-class for flying private. It's sickening when the hoards of private jets fly in to attend the all-important Climate Summit at the Bacara Spa & Resort. They they go to their next destination one-per-plane to yet another event where they will talk-the-talk....then head back to their private planes to Malibu, Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii, and so on.

Babycakes Sep 27, 2021 05:16 PM
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A specific topic? As in, they were discussing/talking about the need to not fly private all the time? That's what I'm talking about....wealthy and phony eco-warriors hanging out with each other telling everyone else what to do, then fly off in their climate-change jets to eat caviar off the backs of the natives. And so many of you are gobbling up their schtick. Same ol' same ol' ....sad.

a-1632845459 Sep 28, 2021 09:10 AM
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Just as the city councilmembers, safe in their free City Hall parking spaces, opine and rule how new developments should have very limited parking spaces, “let ‘em ride a bike to work, …or take the bus, “ they murmur, so the eco warriors fly higher and yon, leaving trails of GHSes, and shake their caring heads.

James B Sep 28, 2021 08:15 AM
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"Nothing to see here" guaranteed. Go look at a list of all the predicted "climate change" disasters going back to AL Gore and you will plainly see that not one of them ever even came close to being true. Every one of them were wrong. But, the hundreds of legitimate climate change scientists who have come out against "climate change" and whose truth has been totally suppressed and censored are not wrong.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 28, 2021 08:31 AM
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Folks, it turns out there nothing to worry about with regards to the environment or climate change. JamesB (an EdHat poster) has declared that the entire scientific community is dumb and that he is the the smartest, most bigly stable genius and the only one to know the truth. He also claims that environmental science and climate change did not exist before "Al Gore's stupid libtard movie" came out... When asked about his education, background and experience on these matters, JamesB stated that he had done "lots of research on the internet" before coming to these conclusions...

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 08:31 AM
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Sound an awful lot like Covid James B; horrendously inaccurate "models" that drove policy yet never even came close to being true and legitimate scientists whose opinions were totally suppressed and censored. The common denominator is clear, politics have no place in science!

Byzantium Sep 28, 2021 09:12 AM
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Climate change is real. Always has been, always will be. Thank goodness we did not get stuck in other less hospitable ancient climate times this planet has faced. Who would trade the Ice Age for the very incremental climate change that is now naturally occurring as we move out of the Ice Age. Now we have the Climate Change Industrial Complex ,just like the Education Industrial Complex, the Medical Industrial Complex, the Homeless Inc Industrial Complex and only weakly in comparison the mother of them all Military Industrial Complex. Do you see the trend? Tax dollar wealth transference. Big government produces nothing of value. Just like this latest iteration of tax dollar wealth transfer - this Climate Change Industrial Complex

PitMix Sep 28, 2021 10:23 AM
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I never understand what climate change deniers get from their illogical stances. You can't look around at the crazy way we live and say- this is going to end well. And if we are lucky enough to escape the most severe consequences, your kids and grandkids certainly won't. Do we just toss them in the toxic algae soup and hope they survive?

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 10:37 AM
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There is anthropogenic climate change and then there is the doomsday we're all going to drown by rising sea levels and our kids/grandkids will be swimming in toxic algae soup. One is occurring, is being addressed, and manageable, the other is greatly exaggerated sensationalism used to elicit an emotional response rather than a logical response. One is based in reality and derived from scientific study, the other is based in politics and derived from emotion.

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 11:42 AM
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Pit, come on man... what happened to climate vs. weather? That's like me posting an article of someone freezing to death and saying "see, we need global warming.". Sensationalism/alarmism, like you're prior comment, doesn't help get us where we need to go.

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 11:44 AM
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from your article:

We can't eliminate blue-green algae from a lake -- they are an inherent part of the overall algal community. What we really want to do is control their overall intensity and the frequency of the blooms. Since we can't control the water temperature, the best thing we can do is to reduce the amount of nutrients getting into the lake. This can best be accomplished by reducing the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen from man-made sources such as lawn fertilizer, and runoff from cities, cultivated fields, feedlots, and a myriad of other sources.

sacjon Sep 28, 2021 11:51 AM
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VOICE - "That's like me posting an article of someone freezing to death and saying "see, we need global warming." -- Umm.... isn't that exactly what you DID do yesterday at 2:36? "Correct Bumblebee, a fact often ignored is that a warming climate has actually saved lives. Over the past twenty years temperature increases have yielded more heat related deaths, but at the same time there have been significantly fewer cold related deaths."

You literally said that increasing temperatures have the positive effect of decreasing deaths by freezing....

sacjon Sep 28, 2021 12:05 PM
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VOICE - when? Yesterday when you said "a fact often ignored is that a warming climate has actually saved lives" or today when you said "That's like me posting an article of someone freezing to death and saying "see, we need global warming." Just curious.

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 04:48 PM
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I'm not following what a brain eating amoeba at a water park has to do with climate change. These same amoeba are also found in our drinking water, which is why you shouldn't use tap water with your netipot. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2018/12/07/neti-pot-tap-water-caused-womans-deadly-brain-infection-report/2236681002/

Transparent Sep 28, 2021 05:00 PM
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@Voice --Do you really think climate change is now being satisfactorily "addressed." If so, there's a clearly isolated disagreement.

We are, imho, only in the early stages of climate change even being properly acknowledged.

Sacjon is gonna be shocked this is me. Give me some credit next time you write me off as a right-wing nutjob trying to subvert your leftist policies among the 8 of us who read and comment on edhat!

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 05:20 PM
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Trasnparent, I think we are on the right path here in the US and many other developed countries but this is a global issue. It also isn't a one a done thing, like if we just pass this rule or legislation we'll be okay, but a continual adjustment of our behaviors and society over time. It simply isn't possible to just turn off the oil tap, that would create a shock throughout the world that would lead to significantly greater death, suffering, famine, and conflict than the worst climate change will throw at us over the next few lifetimes. Our environment is much more resilient than many give it credit for; we've done awful things to our planet over the past 200 years and when those bad behaviors are corrected the planet heals rather quickly. Humans are a much greater threat to our own future than anthropogenic climate change and when we do wipe ourselves out, the earth will return to it's natural state in a blink of the eye (on a geologic timescale). When you think about it, nature doesn't care about climate change, it has been adapting to a wildly changing climate for millions of years, if it wasn't for its impact on humans, climate change wouldn't be an issue.

Transparent Sep 28, 2021 05:40 PM
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@Voice -- I agree with much of what you wrote. Climate change is indeed a global issue in my opinion, but I feel that as a globe we need to do much much more (right now, as last week is sadly no longer an option). The continued devastation of ecosystems is a tragic, intrinsic loss.

You seem to (maybe unintentionally) adopt the tone of someone saying "who cares" or "in the long run, we're all dead anyway." ... obviously that's not fully what you mean, as you reference the horrors of suffering, famine, and war. I agree with that. For my part, I feel the worst face of climate change will be massive political upheavals (war) indirectly caused by droughts, floods, dislocations... it doesn't take a massive drought to skyrocket food costs in Asia, for example, and a billion people aren't going to go hungry peacefully. There is plenty of reason to care. I love the cosmic view, but there's precious stuff going on in the meantime, too.

Transparent Sep 28, 2021 05:45 PM
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@Sacjon, I think you called me a nutjob a while back because I feel our progressive policies around the homeless are actively harmful (not just benign) for the community and actually for the homeless folks themselves. [In short, I feel we are on the "actively enabling" side of things as it stands and discouraging use of existing services.] When that issue comes up again, remember that to me it's all about telling the truth, studying systems, and what practical, long-term impact our actions have on helping people... whether or not it's convenient, PC, or easy.

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 05:51 PM
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Transparent, I think this portion applies to a lot of issues discussed here, climate change included: “ it's all about telling the truth, studying systems, and what practical, long-term impact our actions have ”

sacjon Sep 28, 2021 05:52 PM
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TRANS - hmm, well if you were one of those proposing to put them in camps so they could kill themselves, I probably did call you that. Either way, good points about climate change. You're right, we can not wait any longer. Throwing our hands up and saying "it's not perfect, so let's not even bother" is only going to make it worse, in everything from global warming to covid. We don't have time to wait for 100% "green" energy or perfect solutions to overconsumption, we have to do what we can now. Just throwing in the towel because it's too hard or it's not perfect is failing our future generations.

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