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Southern California mountains facing dramatic decline in snowfall due to climate change

June 17, 2013

Southern California mountains facing dramatic decline in snowfall due to climate change

The study examined snowfall in the San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, San Emigdio/Tehachapi Mountains and San Jacinto Mountains.

A new UCLA study has found that by 2050 mountains in the Los Angeles region could be seeing 30 to 40 percent less snowfall than levels seen at the end of the 20th century. Immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could keep these levels steady, but if emissions continue unabated, snowfall could be reduced to two-thirds by the year 2100.

The message is clear to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who says that the city must begin to prepare for climate change today. In addition to investing in this study, the city has created an “AdaptLA” framework to develop innovative solutions for climate change.

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