Megadroughts and MegaFires - The New Normal?
Join UCLA professor Dr. Glen MacDonald and California Senator Henry Stern on Saturday April 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library to learn about California’s climate future and policies.
Glen MacDonald, author of over 160 scientific and popular press pieces, and award-winning book author, will talk about what our future holds for droughts and fires. Although southern California does sometimes experience December wildfires, the six wildfires in four days that occurred last December - Thomas Fire, Creek Fire, Rye Fire, Skirball Fire, Lilac Fire and Liberty Fire - were beyond the norm. Add to that the deadliest wildfire in U.S. history which happened just two months earlier in Northern California. Then add the nearly 9,000 other wildfires that tore through the State in 2017, burning 1.2 million acres, destroying more than 10,800 structures and killing 46 people. 2017 was, in short, a perfect firestorm.
High spring rainfall generated lots of vegetation. Record high temperatures dried it out to produce an abundance of fuel. All it took was the slightest ignition and some hot, dry, high winds and the perfect firestorm was created. With climate change causing temperatures to get warmer and warmer, and the summer season getting longer and longer, vegetation is getting drier and drier too, creating more fuel.
Although we have a great archive of climate history through tree rings, lake bed sediment, ice cores and fossils, which show us that climate anomalies have occurred in the past, current climate change is unprecedented and we are now heading into uncharted territory. Join us on Saturday to learn more from Glen MacDonald, member of the National Academy of Sciences and one of America’s most respected climate experts.
Following Glen’s presentation, our own Senator, Henry Stern, will lead us on a tour of California’s climate and environmental policies. As a member of the Energy, Utilities and Communications, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and Water Committees, and a key member of Senator Pavley’s authoring team for the State’s landmark 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, Henry is perfectly positioned to take us through climate legislation in the State and bring us up to date on California’s latest programs and policies. Senator Stern is working on securing long-term funding to lead California’s public investments in researching, developing and demonstrating game-changing energy and environmental technologies. Find out how California is leading the way and how you can lend your support.
April 28, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks