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Can Santa Barbara Cope with Climate Change?

Adaptation Is Now the Name of the Game

The climate isn’t just changing — it’s already changed. We saw it in the extreme weather events that tore through Montecito, and we can observe it in the incremental changes to our air and water. The rapidity of this new reality means adaption is now the name of the game. Here, we examine how human systems and the natural world are — or aren’t — adapting to the “global weirding” that’s landing in our backyards.

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Officials say if nothing is done to reduce the world’s carbon emissions, this is how the South Coast would look by the year 2100. The models show how far inland the ocean would wash during annual storms if the overall sea level rose by 6.6 feet.
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