Dancers are coordinating around the world Saturday to bring attention to water issues that impact global environments. The event is called Global Water Dances and features a collection of dancers from different backgrounds from around the world. The first organized dance happened in 2011 and involved dancers from 67 locations. On Saturday, dancers in more than 150 locations will be participating. Long Beach first performed in 2017, led by artistic director Vannia Ibarguen, at Rosie’s Dog Beach. This year, the performance is happening at Marine Stadium Park, and the public is welcome to spectate as well as participate in the show.
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Carlsbad business owner Teresa Acosta announced June 12 that she is running for a seat on the City Council next year, the second non-incumbent in the race for District 4. Acosta joins Phil Urbina, who launched his campaign April 28. The 2020 election will be the second for Carlsbad under a new district-based system of representation. “I am passionate about living in Carlsbad and am running to put my experience, skills, and energies to work on the council to maintain our top-notch quality of life,” Acosta said in her announcement. “I will focus on key infrastructure issues, safe neighborhoods, environmental stewardship, and supporting our local small businesses.”
State agencies are asking Californians to help shape a roadmap for meeting future water needs and ensuring environmental and economic resilience through the 21st century. The effort seeks to broaden California’s approach on water in the face of a range of existing challenges, including unsafe drinking water, major flood risks that threaten public safety, severely depleted groundwater aquifers, agricultural communities coping with uncertain water supplies and native fish populations threatened with extinction. Input from the public will help the Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Food and Agriculture craft recommendations to Governor Gavin Newsom to fulfill his April 29 executive order calling for a suite of actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways.
The United States isn’t nearly as dry as it was a year ago, as demonstrated by massive spring floods, and one area of the West has seen the most dramatic improvement. About only 4 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing drought conditions on June 11, compared to just under 28 percent a year ago, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The greatest improvements have been in parts of the Southwest, Great Basin and Rockies, and most of the U.S. is expected to remain drought-free this summer. Last June, over 9 percent of the contiguous U.S. – including parts of the Southwest, southern Rockies and Plains – was in extreme or exceptional drought.
After years of defending its proposed water grab from our region’s rivers, the state Water Board chose to ignore all science and impose orders to take the water anyway. Likewise, until recently when Gov. Newsom wisely said “no” to the twin tunnels, the state insisted on devastating the Delta by stubbornly refusing to consider alternatives. And five years after passage of the historic 2014 water bond, no new water storage facilities have even started construction. The state does a fine job of reducing water supplies to communities in need – whether through conservation orders or new groundwater restrictions, both of which are important parts of the solution to protecting and preserving water supplies for the future.
Those few days of warmth and sunshine San Diego experienced about a week ago suggested that the ‘June gloom’ was coming to an end. But it isn’t. The National Weather Service says the marine layer will thicken and creep inland this week, lasting into the weekend. That will keep daytime high temperatures at or below average for mid-June. The highs will range from 69-72. Full or partial clearing is possible in the late morning or early afternoon at some beaches. But the weather will otherwise be coolish and, in the early morning, drizzly. Forecasters say that inland areas will clear more quickly. Ramona is expected to hit 80 on Wednesday and Thursday.
The California Independent System Operator, which oversees about 80 percent of the state’s electricity consumers and 26,000 miles of transmission infrastructure, is a busy place. It’s also a target. “We are looking at several millions of undesired communications trying to connect with us per month,” said Hubert Hafner, who as manager of Information Security Technology makes it his job to ensure California’s grid remains secure from cyberattacks. “That’s our No. 1 risk,” Hafner said recently while attending an energy conference hosted by the Institute of the Americas at UC San Diego. “That’s why it’s getting a lot of priority and, accordingly, a lot of resources.”
Mission Trails Regional Park, already considered to be one of the crown jewels of parks in San Diego, is poised to become an even bigger and brighter gem for outdoor enthusiasts. On May 21, San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve a master plan update (MPU) for Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) that maps out how the park will expand acreage, improve infrastructure, provide more outdoor activities, improve trails, and better protect habitat and natural resources. “Mission Trails is a special place for me, just as it is for thousands of other San Diegans,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman in a statement after the vote.
San Diego researchers are among many scientists around the world trying to understand how a warming climate is affecting the world’s major ice sheets. Two Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers are studying the changes in different parts of the world about the change that could affect local oceans. As part of our reporting from the Climate Change Desk, KPBS Environment Reporter Erik Anderson discussed the issue with glaciologist Helen Fricker and physical oceanographer Fiamma Straneo.