Fresno County’s vibrant agricultural economy, scenic slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada range, and dramatic rivers beginning at the highest elevations and extending across the valley floor make the Fresno region a special place. Many future changes are expected, however, and many challenges already affect the quality of life in Fresno County and the surrounding region.
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Climate change is a global phenomenon that has the potential for severe local impacts to agriculture, human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency response needs, tourism, and many other facets of society. Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate the vulnerability of certain populations and sectors of society. By identifying and addressing underlying vulnerabilities early, decision makers in San Luis Obispo can increase the resilience of both the community and the resources it depends on to climate change.
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The Rogue River Basin, located in southwest Oregon, consists of a diverse array of communities, economies and ecological systems. The Basin’s rich history, beautiful setting, and recreational and employment opportunities attract visitors and residents to the region year-round. Climate change is likely to produce significant new stresses and alterations to water quantity and quality, fish, wildlife, plant life, forests and fire regimes of the Rogue Basin.
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While reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions is vital to stabilize the climate in the long term, excess emissions already concentrated in the atmosphere will produce significant changes in the global climate now and throughout the next century. These changes are expected to transform natural systems and pose new stresses on native species in the Upper Willamette River Basin. Changes in the climate and in the Basin’s natural systems will, in turn, modify the way the local economy functions and produce new stresses on infrastructure and buildings, human health, and the quality of life of the people who live in and enjoy the Upper Willamette River Basin.
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