Millions protest around world in Climate Strike
Teenager Greta Thunberg addresses UN
Merdies Hayes | 9/27/2019, midnight
Trump would retweet some footage of Thunberg's speech—some attest in a mocking manner—by saying: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Thunberg responded by changing her Twitter biography to: “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future” in a nod to what type of natural environment her generation will witness by 2050.
Scientists and climate change activists have pointed to the year 2050 for specific reasons in how Los Angeles County will fare. It is the demarcation point of which most scientists agree that the effects of climate change—extreme weather, rising sea levels, wildfires, and a deepening refugee crisis—will be too dire to counter with any form of mitigation. Here are some findings released by UCLA's Center for Climate Science:
—At mid-century, average temperatures over land areas are expected to rise by 4.3 degrees, compared with a reference period between 1981-2000;
—Warming is not uniform across the Greater Los Angeles region. Valleys and inland areas are expected to warm the most;
—The number of days hotter than 95 degrees will increase across the region (to a greater extent in the interior compared with coastal areas);
—By 2050, temperature changes may affect up to 70 percent of Los Angeles County, meaning that significant climate change is inevitable;
—At mid-century, elevations below about 6,500 feet can be expected to lose roughly half of their snowfall (compared to the period between 1981-2000), and lower elevations stand to lose about 80 percent of the snowfall recorded between 1981-2000.
This week, the public utility commissions in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Colorado united in the Joint Action Framework on Climate Change Memorandum of Understanding to address climate change. These commissions would agree to collaborate and share best management practices for key principle initiatives, including:
—Regional cooperation to address climate change and to decarbonize;
—Development and use of low-carbon technologies in the energy industry;
—Promotion of cost-effective conservation methods;
—Foster a strong and continued commitment to renewable energy resources;
—To support energy planning processes that recognize the ability of low-carbon resources to provide reliability and cost-effective benefits, and,
—Advancement of regional energy and transmission markets to maximize ratepayer benefits.