Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

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Brush fire near El Capitan on October 17, 2019 (Photo: CHP)

By an edhat reader

Santa Barbara has been featured in a Washington Post article covering climate change in California.

The article has an interview with the manager of the El Capitan Canyon Campground and how they've been negatively affected by fire and mudslides in the past few years. 

Research is showing that our once mild climate is growing hotter, drier, and windier creating intense wildfires, deadly mudslides, and extreme drought. Our area is warming at double the rate of the continental United States.

"Since 1895, the average temperature in Santa Barbara County has warmed by 2.3 degrees Celsius, according to The Post's analysis. Neighboring Ventura County has heated up even more rapidly. With an average temperature increase of 2.6 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times, Ventura ranks as the fastest-warming county in the Lower 48 states," the article states.

It's a very interesting read and I'm curious what other edhatters think. Here's the link to the full article.

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Luvaduck Dec 10, 2019 08:07 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Start by not permitting development in fire sensitive areas, i.e. the hills above us. We need those orchards and ranch areas as defendable fire buffers more than a few people need stunning views. As they are situated at the top of potential downdraft/Venturii effects, those developed properties are also more likely to be inadvertent fire generating risks. One dropped cigarette that isn't quite out, one spark from a fireplace, BBQ, weed-clearing, even a hot vehicle muffler parked over dry grass if the wind is right--

a-1585440283 Dec 10, 2019 12:42 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

That was an enlightening read. Two things which would help our County cut back on air pollution: 1) Ban wood burning in fireplaces and other related wood burning devices, including restaurants which tout wood burning cookery. Also include a ban on prescribed burns. 2) Institute and enforce a ban County-wide on use of gasoline-powered leafblowers and hedge-trimmers. Don't scoff about either of these bans until you've read up on and educated yourself about just how much wood burning and gasoline-powered blowers and hedge-trimmers contribute to local and global air pollution.

a-1585440283 Dec 10, 2019 12:49 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

That was a joke. I actually have read the article twice. Clearly the climate is changing that is a fact. Clearly water temperature fluctuates, this is more apparent to the south of us. Clearly humans cause damage to the natural world. The cycle of drought, fire, rain and flooding has been happening in Southern California ,and in particular, Santa Barbara since real record keeping began. There has been a major fire or two every 7-12 years since 1889. There were 4 from 2007-2009. Every historical fire here has been human caused with the exception of the Gaviota Fire. Fire is not new. Fire in El Capitan Canyon is not new. More people living in the wildland urban Interface is new, aging infrastructure is new and poor urban planning is new. How can you blame fire frequency on climate change when humans, either by accident or intentionally are starting the fires? Earth is not spontaneously combusting. Without failing utility facilities, ignorant campers, ignorant workers, kite flyers, car accidents and arsonists none of these fires would have happened. More people= more fire= more catastrophic damage. The Thomas fire was the largest in California history. The prior record holder was in 1885. Santa Barbara still has mild fairly predictable weather with periods of extreme drought followed by torrential rain. This is not new.

ginger1 Dec 09, 2019 10:14 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Your comfort swimming in the ocean is not the point. At all. Did you take the time to READ the article? It is incredibly well written and researched. The point is that only a 2° sea surface or atmospheric change has serious *global* consequences. It's not about comparing Hendry's Beach to Fiji. It's that our local ocean is warmer than it used to be and what that means to the kelp, the marine inhabitants and ultimately when your beachfront home will fall into the sea or catch on fire.

a-1585440283 Dec 09, 2019 04:17 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Citizens Planning Association is doing a series of panel discussions focusing on "Land Use Planning for a Changing Climate". The third in the series will be Thursday, January 23rd, focusing on the SB City area. We hope to have a representative from City Planning, the City Sea Rise Level committee, the City Fire Department, and the City Public Works. The first panel in October focused on Goleta area issues. The audience heard from a Goleta City Planner, a spokesperson from the SB Airport, and a County Planner. The second discussion , in late November, focused on UCSB/IV. Four experts in their fields discussed several ongoing planning efforts, to include the County's Climate Plan implementation, restoration of a local wetland area as well as sustainability planning on the UCSB campus. The goal of these panel discussions is to make the public aware of what the local government agencies are doing to plan for the conditions this article discusses and to promote collaboration among the different agencies involved.


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