Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Climate Change Comes to the North Coast

In some ways, the North Coast is well positioned to survive the Climate Crisis. We may eventually have problems with sea level rises, and we'll probably get hit with harder and more frequent storms coming off the ocean. But we've got the makings of fairly self-reliant and maybe even self-sufficient communities, and there's a lot of interest in locally based alternative energy. But now there's pretty sobering news: you've probably noticed it if you live here, and now it's been quantified: there's less fog. And because the redwoods depend on moisture, especially from the fog, it's bad news for them. And of course, for us. It's likely because of climate change, which means that it's likely to get worse. We may be turning into wine country up here, but losing our redwood forests seems a pretty steep cost.