Water strategy for climate change

One only need read James G. Workman’s op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times to deduce what we aren’t doing about water in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next week.

Rather than wait for hell to freeze over and heaven to melt, the US Environmental Protection Agency has got out in front of politicians with this presentation on what’s happening to our climate in the meantime, its impact on our fresh water supply and what we should be doing as a matter of urgency.

Read it carefully before confidently taking the quiz, or, as I did, read it carefully the second time before re-taking the quiz.

This posting was updated at 7.10pm, 11/30/2009. The Workman reference and link were added.

Western datebook: Meet, learn, shop

Photo: Annie Wells

For those staying out of the malls and in the know, here are a few good events for the upcoming week:

Tuesday December 1:

Public meeting on the proposed Los Angeles Low Impact Development Ordinance

Plant Information with Frank McDonough, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

LA River Revitalization Corporation meeting, via LA Creek Freak

Friday December 4:

Winter Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale, Fullerton Arboretum

Saturday December 5:

Go Wild Native Plant Sale, Malibu Creek Watershed Council / Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga Ranch

Plant Identification, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia

California Friendly Landscape Workshop, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Harbor City

Garden Tour, Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon

California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles and Santa Monica Chapter, Field trip and habitat restoration, Cold Creek Preserve

For more events

The week that was, 11/22-28/2009

Hourly images were taken by the UK Met Office (originally the Meteorological Office) of record rainfall over Cumbria between November 18-20. On November 23, the Met Office issued a report with radar images, an analysis chart and rainfall totals. To read it, click on the image.

“We cannot have our grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, looking back and saying, ‘Why on earth did they build here? What possessed them to do so?'” — British Labour Member of Parliament Nia Griffith, “We have to stop building on our flood plains, warns MP,” South Wales Evening Post, November 26, 2009

“The reality is that floods are going to keep happening.” –– “Experts say the torrents cannot be prevented,” Times of London, November 22, 2009

… one emergency worker said it was like “an Irish Hurricane Katrina,” — “Electricity Supply Board was warned dams could not cope with

Thank you for reading

Chance of Rain will begin posting again with “The week that was” on Sunday, November 29th.


Concrete for coral

Stocking an underwater museum in a Mexican national park off Cancun amuses people but benefits fish. BBC News reports that sculptures such as the one pictured left will be followed by hundreds more in a conservation effort to save imperiled coral reefs. From the article: “The sculptures will be made of PH-neutral concrete, which, it is hoped, will attract algae and marine life and give the local ecosystem a boost. According to the park’s director Jaime Gonzalez, one of the aims is to reduce the pressure on the natural habitat in other areas of the park by luring tourists away from existing coral reef, which has suffered damage from hurricanes and human activity.”

To keep reading, click here.

Thanks to Thirsty in Suburbia for spotting the article. Its editor Gayle Leonard says that she follows water in art precisely because she agrees with British conservationist Paul Jepson, who is

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