Lloyd G Carter Blog
Website visitors: My monthly radio show airs tomorrow at 1 p.m., Sept. 11, 2014, at KFCF, 88.1 FM in Fresno. If you are out of listening range you can listen live streaming on the internet at www.kfcf.org.
My guests will be Venture Capitalist and philanthropist Noel Perry of the organization "Next 10" and Kerman Farmer/environmentalist Walter Shubin. Tune in if you get a chance.
A new study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona, and the US Geological Survey researchers looked at the deep historical record (tree rings, etc.) and the latest climate change models to estimate the likelihood of major droughts in the Southwest over the next century. The results are as soothing as a thick wool sweater on a midsummer desert hike, according to Mother Jones Magazine.
The researchers concluded that odds of a decadelong drought are "at least 80 percent." The chances of a "megadrought" one lasting 35 or more years, stands at somewhere between 20 percent and 50 percent, depending on how severe climate change turns out to be. And the prospects for an "unprecedented 50-year megadrought" — one "worse than anything seen during the last 2000 years" — checks in at a nontrivial 5 to 10 percent.
To learn more, go to this link: http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/09/southwest-megadrought
Attention website visitors: You may have noticed production has dropped off sharply on this website. The reason is I have had some health problems recently coupled with being out of town a lot. However, my radio show, "Down in the Valley" will air tomorrow at 1 p.m. on KFCF 88.1 FM. You can listen live streaming at www.kfcf.org. My guest will be Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry, who writes frequently about water issues in her neck of the woods. Stay tuned.
A note from Lloyd:
On Thursday, July 10, at 1 p.m. on KFCF radio, Fresno, I will interview Loren Wood, overseer of the Harlan P. Kelsey Arboretum, on my monthly radio show. If you are in the Fresno area, you can hear the show at 88.1 FM. You can hear it live streaming on the internet at www.kfcf.org.
Mr. Wood, who holds a master's degree from Harvard University and is the overseer of the Kelsey Arboretum, contends that Kelsey was the East Coast counterpart of John Muir and was an acclaimed native plant horticulturalist as well as a driving force in the establishment of several national parks in the Eastern U.S. Wood has written a book entitled "Beautiful Land of the Sky."
Tune in if you get a chance.