Climate Change in Southern California
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Climate Change in Southern California

Students of climate say that change is inevitable, and that includes the Golden State, where climate historically has been a major attraction to a growing population. Is it too late to be sure our children and grandchildren will be able to go surfing and skiing all on the same day? We hear what it'll be if greenhouse emissions continue at current rates, compared to how life might be if there's mitigation, and look at the prospect of sea levels rising. Also, Frank McCourt's continuing shadow over Dodger Stadium.

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Climate Change in Southern California ()

In 2007, then-Governor Schwarzenegger commissioned a study on the projected impacts of climate change on six areas of California. A more recent study documents what's in store for snow in the local mountains, comparing how it would change if emissions continue as usual and in case there's a major effort at mitigation. We hear about how climate change is likely to impact life in Southern California. We also hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who caught up with an archaeologist who's studied the prospect of sea levels rising.


Archaeolgist Brian Fagan (L) speaks with KCRW's Saul Gonzalez
on the beach in Malibu



  • Brian Fagan: University of California Santa Barbara
  • Dan Cayan: UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Alex Hall: UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Reporter's Notebook

Frank McCourt Still Casts Shadow over Chavez Ravine ()

The Dodgers and their stadium may have new owners, but Frank McCourt is not yet out of the action here in Los Angeles. The LA Times has obtained documents showing what his role might be if the new owners decide to build an NFL stadium in Chavez Ravine.  Sam Farmer wrote the story.



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