As California Attorney General and climate change crusader Jerry Brown increases the pressure on local planners to consider future projections for the effects of global warming, more and more government agencies in the Tahoe Basin are integrating climate change into their agendas for the coming years.
“The bottom line of climate change for the Lake Tahoe region,” says Dennis Oliver, community Affairs Officer for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, “means more precipitation of rain instead of snow, and the possibility of less overall precipitation.”
For this reason, the TRPA has begun working on a “Climate Change Action Plan” comprised of initiatives that include everything from energy efficiency to lake water clarity.
Glacial and snowpack loss are of considerable concern worldwide, from the diminishing Himalayas, to the current trickle of the Colorado River that enters Mexico.
Climate change is having immediate and long-lasting ...