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A Mega Storm in California might cost 3 to 7 times more than Katrina or Harvey and destroy a third of America’s food

[ Katrina cost somewhere between $109 and $250 billion (Amadero 2017) and estimates of what cost Harvey will have range from $100 to $190 billion (Kollewe 2017, Lanktree 2017).  A California’s ArkStorms  is likely to cost $627 (USC) to $725 … Continue reading

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Climate change effects on hydropower in California

[ The main impact is on hydropower, the largest source of renewable electric power in California, and besides natural gas, the only other way to balance wind and solar power, (unless utility-scale energy storage batteries become available).  But hydropower is often … Continue reading

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Earthquakes in California could cost over $200 billion dollars

The figures below don’t do justice to the harm an earthquake would do.  There is $1.9 trillion dollars of property at risk from earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a catastrophic earthquake on the Hayward Fault would almost … Continue reading

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California oil EROI dropped from 6.5 to 3.5 by 2005

Brandt, A. R. October 12, 2011. Oil Depletion and the Energy Efficiency of Oil Production: The Case of California. Sustainability 2011, 3, 1833-1854 [ Brandt estimates the energy return on investment (EROI) dropped from ~6.5 in 1955 to ~3.5 fifty … Continue reading

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Challenges to making California’s grid 33% renewables

Meier, A. May 2014. Challenges to the integration of renewable resources at high system penetration. California Energy Commission. Energy Research and Development Division FINAL PROJECT REPORT.  California Energy Commission California Institute for Energy and Environment MAY 2014 Alexandra von Meier … Continue reading

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The Impact of Climate Change on California: 8th Largest Economy, 40% of U.S. Shipping

Introduction California’s economy and population relies on one of the most extensive and costly infrastructure systems in the world. This includes thousands of miles of roads, highways and railroads, nearly 200 large water reservoirs of varying capacity, miles of canals, … Continue reading

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Aquifer decline in California

[ On top of aquifer depletion, water shortages are also expected in the future as rainfall and snowfall decline and snow melts earlier. Meanwhile, farmers plant thirsty crops, further draining declining water supplies: 2016-9-27 California’s almond boom has ramped up … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.

 Alice Friedemann’s book review of:  Julie Guthman. 2004. Agrarian Dreams.  The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.  University of California Press. Introduction Guthman writes brilliantly and has important insights about organic agriculture.  If you’re interested in how food is grown … Continue reading

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