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Climate Kids kick off the Global Climate Action Summit at the Cal Academy

Earlier this month our Climate Kids team traveled to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California to participate in the Global Climate Action Summit. Check out how they helped foster climate education for local students at this historic event. Earlier this month our Climate Kids team traveled to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California to participate in the Global Climate Action Summit. Hosted by California governor and climate action front runner, Jerry Brown, the Summit is a unique gathering of climate leaders from around the world to celebrate extraordinary achievement with respect to climate action. Marking the mid-point between the historic 2015

Alliance Partners with SDSU Researchers on $1.78 Million Climate Change Resilience Project

The Climate Science Alliance (Alliance) partners with Dr. Megan Jennings and Dr. Rebecca Lewinson of San Diego State University’s Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management (IEMM) on a $1.78 million project to combine a connected lands framework with wildfire and hydrological information, and refine delivery of that information for the development of planning and management strategies through Alliance-lead outreach and stakeholder engagement. Dr. Megan Jennings, advisor to the Climate Science Alliance, and Dr. Rebecca Lewinson of the Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management at San Diego State University have received nearly $1.78 million to combine a connected lands framewo

Recommitting to 2020: Inspiration from the Global Climate Action Summit

World leaders in climate action convened this week for the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. The Climate Science Alliance was proud to join this landmark event in recommitting to the global emissions trajectory set during the Paris Accords. “Traditional hawaiian navigators make two important decisions on their oceanic journeys, one at sunrise and one at sunset. They must ask themselves, ‘Where are we now and where are we going?’” This powerful statement, spoken by President Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society during the Ocean-Climate Challenge Session, perfectly epitomizes the very spirit of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. The Climate Science Alliance joined world lead

Alliance Represented at National Academy of Sciences Meeting

On August 14-15, 2018 the National Academy of Sciences hosted a meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss California’s 4th Climate Change Assessment. This two-day workshop convened stakeholders involved in all aspects of the California assessment. Dan Cayan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and contributor to several other climate assessments (including the San Diego County Ecosystems assessment, led by the Climate Science Alliance) presented findings in the “Changing Precipitation Patterns and Implications for Water Management” session. Laura Engeman of Scripps’ Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and Advisor to the Climate Science Alliance presented San Diego’s regional find

Climate Kids Heads to the Arctic

Equipped with a climate change mad lib and storytelling finger puppets, Climate Science Alliance partner and Affiliated Artist Cynthia Matzke (Spiral Pacific) brought our Climate Kids activities to the Arctic for Inuit Tribal communities in Greenland and Canada. Climate Science Alliance staff helped tailor activities to the local Inuit stories of Sedna, or the Mother of the Sea. The kids learn about ocean ecosystems, climate science, and build underwater robots they test pilot in the shallow waters offshore. “The best part is what we learn from them,” Matzke beamed. “ I learned about different kinds of icebergs, what algae you could eat raw and which was best in soup, and even some new dance

Alliance Hosts Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan Feedback Meeting

Last month, The Climate Science Alliance partnered with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to host the California Natural Resources Agency from Sacramento, in order to provide an opportunity for CA Department of Fish and Wildlife staff in the San Diego office and other regional partners to give feedback on the Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan. Thank you to the team at the California Natural Resources Agency for coming down to San Diego to take part in our discussion on carbon sequestration opportunities and future investments for natural and working lands in the south coast. #BuildingResilience

California Releases 4th Climate Change Assessment, Including Alliance-Led Ecosystems Report

The State of California has released the 4th Climate Change Assessment, a multi-region review of climate change impacts that provides planning tools to support the state’s response. The Climate Science Alliance led one of the technical reports, “San Diego County Ecosystems: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot”, gathering a team of ecologists and climatologists to conduct a review of the most current, regionally specific climate information and pair that with current research on local species and habitats of the South Coast that are at risk due to climate variability and other stressors. Alliance partners also contributed to San Diego’s regional report. View the lat

Welcome Alex Warneke as the *NEW* Deputy Director!

The Climate Science Alliance (Alliance) team is excited to announce that Alexandria Warneke has joined the team as our new Deputy Director! Prior to joining the Alliance Alex served as the Scientific Outreach Coordinator at Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy but always found time to bring her ideas and leadership to the table to help with the green team’s innovative community engagement initiative. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and has worked alongside stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate and disseminate science in ways that are accessible and inclusive. Alex helped launch our Climate Kids program, info

Marshes on the Margins: Alliance Partners with 6 Organizations for Tidal Wetland Adaptation Strategy

The tidal wetlands of Southern California are some of the most threatened estuarine systems on the west coast. The high urbanization of wetlands in Southern California places them under serious threat of habitat transformation and loss in the face of sea level rise. Further, these systems are highly understudied, particularly in regards to inlet dynamics. The Climate Science Alliance joined the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, San Francisco Estuary Institute/Aquatic Science Center, Coastal Conservancy and the US Geological Survey for part of a 4-year project titled "Marshes on

Traveling Trunks Featured in SD STEM Ecosystem Directory

SD STEM Ecosystem, a partner of the Climate Science Alliance, aims to create a San Diego where every learner is at the center of a rich ecosystem of connected STEM learning opportunities and STEM-supportive individuals. They host a directory with a wide variety of learning opportunities from frequent programs, activities, workshops and events, to online opportunities and scholarships for all ages and interests. The Traveling Trunk project, part of the Alliance’s Climate Kids program, has been added to SD STEM Ecosystem’s directory. Traveling Trunks are available for educators and provide all the resources needed to teach climate science in the classroom. Trunks include background information

La Jolla Tribal Youth Get the “Inside Story” at the SD Zoo

This summer, the Alliance teamed up with tribal partners across Southern California to send tribal youth on free field trips. We wrapped up at total of four field trips on August 1, 2018 with students from the La Jolla GENERATIONS Program at the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians. This special Climate Kids-Tribes field trip visited the San Diego Zoo for an “Inside Story” tour on climate change impacts to endangered species. Alliance partner and Senior Educator Guide, Maya O’Conner led a tour of the park pointing out local San Diego species along the way such as Great Blue Heron, Egrets and native habitats such a pollinator gardens for migrating species. Maya also spoke on conservation efforts,

Climate Science Alliance Co-Hosts “Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning"

The Climate Science Alliance (Alliance) and Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (Center) partnered with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) to host the three-day “Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning” on August 7-9, 2018. This course provided an overview to planning for climate change impacts to the over 30 tribal members and tribal environmental professionals in attendance. The Alliance team led multiple activities on day one of the training, starting with two presentations on the results of the San Diego County Ecosystems Assessment by co-authors Dr. Megan Jennings and Dr. Julie Kalansky, followed by an open discussion about what these res

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