Local arborists and meteorologists say circumstances uniquely aligned one weekend last January to down more than 500 trees. It was a big loss for a city that’s been ramping up efforts to boost the local tree population.
San Diego will face another year of intense weather again in the future, and we cannot afford, financially or morally, to make repairs after the fact.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Ry Rivard and NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean dive into El Niño floods.
So-called “king tides” are predictable and happen every year. But local scientists say the king tides are getting more severe and causing flooding more often. It could be a harbinger of a much larger problem: rising sea levels due to climate change.
As they hustle to mitigate potential damage from El Niño, local, state and federal officials are also locked in another race: the one to assign blame for why San Diego is so unprepared. City officials say it’s because of burdensome environmental regulations. State regulators question the city’s sudden cries for help.
While able-bodied, financially solvent residents are able to get their own homes storm-ready, what about seniors, low-income families and the disabled?
The state has seemingly broad powers to dictate water policy and, despite predictions of a wet winter, appears likely to use those powers when current cuts expire.
Peppered with questions on the drought, infrastructure woes, economic growth and housing affordability, the mayors of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Poway and San Diego instead made the case for their cities’ greatness.
Astrophysicist Ramin Skibba recognized a need in the world of science: people who know how to explain it in layman’s terms. That’s why he’s decided to focus on science communication full-time. He’s decided to take his PhD north, leaving UCSD and entering UC Santa Cruz’s science communications program. So we asked him to join us this week […]