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Greater L.A. Heating Up, Climate Experts Predict
Date:6/28/2012

wntown L.A. will warm up an average of 4 degrees.
  • Mountain and desert regions will heat up 4 to 5 degrees.
  • The researchers said Wrightwood, Big Bear Lake and Palm Springs will have the biggest temperature changes, with an average annual increase of more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The number of extremely hot days in Palm Springs will increase from an annual average of 75 to roughly 120, they found.

    "Places like Lancaster and Palm Springs are already pretty hot areas, and when you tack on warming of 5 to 6 degrees, that's a pretty noticeable difference," said Hall. "If humans are noticing it, so are plants, animals and ecosystems. These places will be qualitatively different than they are now."

    Although success at reducing greenhouse gas emissions could mitigate the effects of climate change on Southern California, the researchers pointed out that even in the best-case scenario, the area will still heat up to about 70 percent of the predicted levels.

    The findings provide city officials with the detailed information they need to plan for the future, the researchers said.

    The study, conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, was published online at c-change.la.

    More information

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has more about climate change.

    -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

    SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, June 21, 2012


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