climate

Forecasting An Epidemic: Does Weather Hold The Key To Predicting Valley Fever Outbreaks?

Nov 13, 2016
Craig Kohlruss / The Fresno Bee

When a punishing drought besieged California in the late 1980s, relief came with 30 days of rain in 1991 — dubbed the March Miracle because of how it revived the state’s agricultural economy. Those significant swings in the weather may have had another consequence, though. The next year, Kern County health officials counted more cases of valley fever than ever before, with roughly 3,342 diagnoses and 25 deaths. By contrast, a decade earlier in 1982, fewer than 200 people were diagnosed with...

Kerry Klein/KVPR

A few weeks ago we told you about concerns within the dairy industry following the state’s most recent climate legislation . The new laws require livestock producers to cut methane emissions from manure by almost half before the year 2030. It seems a tall task, but a kind of facility that’s popular in Europe could help the California dairy industry meet those goals—if only it were easier to build here. FM89’s Kerry Klein brings us to Tulare County with more. When it comes to how Governor...

California Farmers Already Adapting To Climate Change

Mar 29, 2016
UC Regents

UC Davis agricultural economists say climate change is affecting what crops are planted in California. Ed Joyce reports from Sacramento. The study looked at 12 crops in Yolo County, using 105 years of local climate data and 60 years of county planting history. UC Davis agricultural economist Dan Sumner says warmer winter temperatures would reduce "chill hours," potentially reducing yields for some crops, while extending the growing season for others. And that could cause growers to change...

California Drought To Persist, Even Worsen

Oct 16, 2014
National Weather Service - Hanford

Predictions suggest the California drought is likely to persist, and even worsen in some areas. Ed Joyce reports from Sacramento. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says complete drought recovery is "unlikely this winter' in California. Kevin Werner is NOAA's Western Region Climate Director. He says the 2012-to-2014 period is the driest on record in California. And low reservoir storage reflects that. "On August 31st, the 154 largest reservoirs in the state held about 13.5 million acre feet of...

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

More wildfires. Warmer lakes. And higher temperatures. A new study from the California Environmental Protection Agency cites those and other signs that climate change is having a growing impact across the state. Ben Adler has more from Sacramento. CalEPA has been tracking environmental indicators since the year 2000 in hopes of measuring the effects of climate change. Here are some of the findings in the new study, based on 36 different indicators: - California’s high, low and average...