Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Death spiral

The big climate impact of the way drought kills trees

The state is marking dead trees near mountain highways for removal as a safety precaution. CALTRANS & SACRAMENTO BEE

Caltrans

Water Deeply, NPR & Sacramento Bee

New research into how drought kills trees has helped reveal a potentially huge climate consequence of an increase in dead and dying forests that one scientist cautioned could result in a "carbon death spiral." The drought may be over, but trees are still dying across the state because they were so badly weakened by years without water. Meanwhile, Caltrans has a plan to save motorists from toppling trees on their way to Lake Tahoe.

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Climate serves as key concern at Tahoe Summit

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The 21st annual Lake Tahoe Summit brought together federal, California and Nevada elected officials to discuss the importance of continued partnership in the basin-wide fight against tree mortality, invasive species, declining lake clarity — and the global issue of climate change. Tuesday's event took place a month after the release of UC Davis' annual State of the Lake Report, which showed Lake Tahoe is warming at 14 times the historic average.

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Water storage projects competing for bond funds

Ag Alert / California Farm Bureau Federation

Now that a dozen applications have been submitted, the California Water Commission begins the process of evaluating water projects that could share in storage money California voters approved as part of the Proposition 1 water bond. About half of the applications are for surface storage, and half are groundwater projects.

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