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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a-1632775198 Sep 27, 2021 01:39 PM
COUNTY RELEASES DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

I agree. Not that climate change is a crock but that this report is. In the list of groups impacted most by climate change they list: people without high school degrees, renters, senior citizens, people who aren’t proficient in English , people who pay too much for housing , overcrowded households, people without cars, and those living on single access roads. Really? How about those living in low lying coastal areas? Or those living in the wild land urban interface? Or those living in cities with air pollution? Seems like another agenda driven report.

Chip of SB Sep 27, 2021 01:48 PM
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Doomsday predictions have been around for about as long as people have. The idea is to convince people that the world is going to end, unless they spend money. Of course, no such predictions have ever come true. Despite centuries of scientific progress, human nature is still highly susceptible to this sort of thing. The result will be profit for the perpetrators, little if any impact on the wealthy, and a squeeze on the poor and the middle class. In other words, it’s a crock, a con, a rip-off, a hustle.

Voice of Reason Sep 28, 2021 09:02 AM
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Excuse me Alex?
"the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change" - A.O.C. 2019
"NYC will be underwater by 2015 if we don't address global warming" - Al Gore 2009

Again, this doesn't mean I don't think humans have had a negative impact on our climate but these sensational and extreme positions aren't based in reality and not derived from science. (just like so many of the horrendously inaccurate covid predictions like "millions of California's will die", "just wait two weeks...", and "15 days to flatten the curve".

Chip of SB Sep 29, 2021 11:48 AM
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Alex, it’s funny that you bring up coral. Coral reefs, particularly Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, have been a go-to claim for doomsday predictors for many years now. The fact is, there are many types of corals and they are highly adaptable to changing conditions because the conditions in the ocean have been changing forever. I can remember being told for years that the Australian Great Barrier Reef would be destroyed by rising ocean temperatures and lost forever. I found this claim odd, because corals actually grow faster in the warmer waters to the north of Australia. At any rate, we can finally add the corals to the list of failed doomsday predictions. The Great Barrier Reef now has the most coral coverage since records began in the 1980s. https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/outsiders/great-barrier-reef-experiencing-record-high-levels-of-coral-coverage/video/52141c3e6d241eab3393a03476ee20ae

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 12:59 PM
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CHIP - how do you explain all these articles that say the opposite of what you claim?

https://phys.org/news/2021-07-barrier-reef-outlook-poor-coral.html

https://reefecologic.org/coral-shows-strong-recovery-across-the-great-barrier-reef/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/great-barrier-reef-coral-recovery-b1886569.html

Seems to be, despite what your opinion piece says, the reef is still in danger, even though there has been some recovery. Once again, short term does not equal long term. All those saying "oh, there's no visible proof of global warming" or "looky there, trees are still growing" or my favorite, "global warming is good because it's decreasing deaths by freezing" are missing the big picture. We're not concerned (well a little) about right now, we're concerned about the future. LONG TERM consequences of our failure to take SHORT TERM (immediate) steps.

It's not all about you and now, it's about our kids and their kids. I wish people would stop being so selfish.

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 01:03 PM
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CHIP - great, did you read the whole thing? Looks like you didn't even make it past the Summary or Key Points....

Last paragraph of the Summary - "The GBR remains exposed to the predicted consequences of climate change..."

Last of the Key Points: "However, the reefs of the GBR continue to be exposed to cumulative stressors, and the prognosis for the future disturbance regime is one of increased and longer lasting marine heatwaves and a greater proportion of severe tropical cyclones. "

Chip of SB Sep 29, 2021 01:18 PM
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Sac, I will concede the report is still predicting doom and gloom n the future. I was hopeful that the latest data might finally put a stop to the doomsday predictions, but clearly I was wrong. The fact remains, there is more hard coral coverage today then there was when they started monitoring it in 1985. This is completely inconsistent with the dire predictions we have been hearing for decades now. I can still remember people telling me years ago that I should go see the reef as soon as possible because it would be gone soon. Today the reef is larger than it was in 1985.

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 01:25 PM
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CHIP - not much of a concession, nor was I asking for one. Fact remains, the reef is still vulnerable. The short term coral growth is fragile, albeit alive. Again, the point here, and with everything related to global warming, is that we need to protect our planet for the LONG TERM. Short term and unsustainable improvements shouldn't be considered a "win" and "proof" that global warming was all hype. We still need to make an immediate effort to avoid future calamities.

Alexblue Sep 29, 2021 02:40 PM
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Chip, here's the thing, you may or may not be correct that there is more healthy coral in the world now than in 1985, based on all that I hav read, which is admittedly surface level, that's not the case.

However, if you really think that ending individual trends to counter hyperbolic claims is going to give you a grasp of the global climate change trend which is causing significant damage to vast ecosystems then I'm afraid your agenda is going to cause you to miss the point.

Ultimately, does it really even matter? We are a long ways away from a massive human die off caused by climate change, that being the case, why even worry about it, right?

a-1632953157 Sep 29, 2021 03:05 PM
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The BS people that post science denial, whether it be vaccines or climate, don't care whether what they post is factual or not - only that they get some verbiage out there that supports their agenda. Don't expect any followup except the spewing of more disinformation.

MarcelK Sep 29, 2021 03:54 PM
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Ignorant, unintelligent, and dishonest people have been around as long as people have. // "I was hopeful that the latest data might finally put a stop to the doomsday predictions, but clearly I was wrong." -- of course you were, because the "doomsday predictions" are a consequence of basic physics--the increasing accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere traps more and more heat over time, and most of that heat goes into the oceans. he newest data says the same thing the older data said, because the laws of physics have not changed. Since it's an ongoing process, it will get worse and worse, going past any ability of coral reefs or other organisms to cope. And the threats aren't just from the global heating: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_issues_with_coral_reefs "Damaging activities include coral mining, pollution (organic and non-organic), overfishing, blast fishing, the digging of canals and access into islands and bays. Other dangers include disease, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans.[2] Factors that affect coral reefs include the ocean's role as a carbon dioxide sink, atmospheric changes, ultraviolet light, ocean acidification, viruses, impacts of dust storms carrying agents to far-flung reefs, pollutants, algal blooms and others. Reefs are threatened well beyond coastal areas. Climate change, such as warming temperatures, causes coral bleaching, which if severe kills the coral." // What does the latest data tell us? "Scientists estimate that over the next 20 years, about 70 to 90% of all coral reefs will disappear. With primary causes being warming ocean waters, ocean acidity, and pollution.[3] In 2008, a worldwide study estimated that 19% of the existing area of coral reefs had already been lost. [4] Only 46% of the world's reefs could be currently regarded as in good health [4] and about 60% of the world's reefs may be at risk due to destructive, human-related activities. The threat to the health of reefs is particularly strong in Southeast Asia, where 80% of reefs are endangered. By the 2030s, 90% of reefs are expected to be at risk from both human activities and climate change; by 2050, it is predicted that all coral reefs will be in danger.[5][6]" // People saying otherwise base their views on their right wing political ideology, not science or data.

Voice of Reason Sep 29, 2021 04:20 PM
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There is a rational middle ground between the 'don't care /don't do anything' side, and the 'its the apocalypse if we don't take drastic action now' side, with both extremes being driven more by politics and propaganda than actual science or data. But let me ask you this Marcelk: How many people can Earth sustain in a manner that you feel adequately protects our environment?

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 04:33 PM
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VOICE - so the you disagree that the "data is telling us" that we need to start now to combat global warming in order to avoid near future harm? That's all 4:25 seemed to be saying. You love to tell people they're "driven by politics and propaganda" as opposed to actually responding with a direct rebuttal. Lazy, really.

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 04:35 PM
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VOICE - the whole problem is, while you acknowledge the "changes" we've made are working, you refuse to accept that we need to do more. THAT is the point here. We need to do more, not the same or less. Global warming is an indisputable threat to our planet. We can't just clap our hands and pat ourselves on the back and say "we planted some trees today, global warming is fixed." Gotta put in a little more effort, as a planet.

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 04:48 PM
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VOICE - no, not projecting anything, calm down. Yes, we've done some great things, but we can't sit back and say "that's it, we're done!" We have to keep going. We have to push harder. No waiting for wind and solar to be 100% green as you keep saying. We have to use it NOW. No more hemming and hawing because some tech or process isn't yet perfect. If it's better than what we have, use it, do it.

There's too much resistance to progress, on the part of conservatives like you. We have to keep working. Our shift isn't over.

Voice of Reason Sep 29, 2021 05:12 PM
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@4:45 google is great:

The United States is a world leader in protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. From 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12%.

In contrast, global energy-related emissions increased nearly 24% from 2005 to 2018.

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/latest-inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-shows-long-term-reductions-0

Voice of Reason Sep 29, 2021 05:19 PM
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The craziest thing is we have the technology and resources to bridge the gap until wind/solar/battery and other alternative energy generation can be produced on a large enough scale to negate the need to burn fossil fuels, but the science denying anti-nuclear crowd won't have it.

sacjon Sep 29, 2021 05:24 PM
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VOICE - how many nuclear powerplants would we need to build to "bridge" the time until wind and solar can be implemented on that scale? Better question, why can't we utilize renewables on a larger scale in order to negate oil/coal?

SBTownie Sep 29, 2021 07:14 PM
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Sac, Diablo powers nearly 10% of California so we'd need 9 more for all of California. The power-producing part of Diablo is 12 acres. Obviously there is additional buffer for security reasons. So we need 120 acres and 9 more plants to power CA with zero emissions 24/7.

Voice of Reason Sep 29, 2021 08:05 PM
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If climate change was truly the impending armageddon they claim, the risks associated with storing and, sometime in the distant future, disposing of, the relatively very small volume of radioactive waste produced wouldn’t be much of a concern. The best time to have built modern reactors was 20 years ago, the second best time is now and we can start with not shutting down the ones we have.

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