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Calif.’s Sierra a ‘living lab’ for climate change?

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News & Commentary:  A report from the AP suggests meadows are drying, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting in the Sierra Nevada.

 

Calif.’s Sierra a ‘living lab’ for climate change

Source: AP

Author: Tracie Cone

In parts of California’s Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting into ice fields.  Scientists also are predicting the optimal temperature zone for giant sequoias will rise hundreds and hundreds of feet, leaving trees at risk of dying over the next 100 years.

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Commentary:

One question is if our world is warming, does it have more to do with natural cycles of the earth and is it really that bad for us?  A bigger question is does government policy make the environment worse and ill-conceived policy lead to even greater warming and destruction to our planet?  Are local solutions a better answer than massive geoengineering schemes or a carbon tax on our breathing?

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