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Climate Week: How Do We Deal With Rising Sea Levels?

Published November 2, 2021 at 9:32 AM PDT
State Report Claims Climate Change Threatening CA Coastal Areas
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Beachfront homes are seen beyond breaking waves on December 4, 2009 on the flat sands of Sunset Beach, California.

COVID-19 AMA: What It Will Take For 5-11 Year-Olds To Get Vaccinated, Supply Chain Shortages Hit Hospitals, And More

COVID Update 11.2.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Topics today include:

Homeless Encampment Known As ‘Veterans Row’ Is Moved To VA Campus

VA Homeless Encampment 11.2.21

Last month, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough visited Veterans Row, an encampment outside the Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles, in an effort to bring more attention to the nearly 3,900 homeless veterans in the county. According to the Los Angeles Times, McDonough promised 40 veterans living on Veterans Row that they would have housing by this month. That would be followed by 500 additional veterans by the end of the year.

Today on AirTalk As we mark the first deadline, Larry is joined by Amy Perkins, Spokesperson for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Darryl Joseph, Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and Reintegration Services at the Veterans Affairs, and Veterans Advocate with AMVETS Rob Reynolds to discuss where things stand with transition and relocation of veterans, plus a look at the various efforts to get more of them into housing.

New UCLA Study Shows Stagnation Of Latino Diversity In Television--What Are The Best Ways To Resolve This?

Latino TV Represenation 11.2.21

UCLA recently published its Hollywood Diversity Report for Television, which showed a continuing lack of representation for people of color, including the Latino community, which makes up just 7% of leading roles on scripted broadcast shows and only 6% of all roles.

This isn’t the first report to find a lack of Latino representation on television, so we wondered what solutions exist to help resolve the issue, including writing mentorship programs, which have allowed up-and-coming writers of color to gain experience and get their foot in the door.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses the report with Director of Research and Civic Engagement at UCLAAna-Christina Ramon and LAist podcast host Erick Galindo.

Climate Week: Sustainable Farming in California and the Future of Our Food

Climate Week Farming 11.2.21

Extreme weather in California is becoming more frequent and more intense, forcing farmers and agricultural producers to face hard questions about the future of our food, communities and the environment. The impacts of climate change are everywhere and the solutions to adapt and adjust have never been more critical. As California endures adrought emergency, scientists are pointing to all kinds of solutions for the agricultural piece of the puzzle, from developing better soil to using smart technology on crops as a way to fast-track sustainable farming. Plus, those who stake their livelihoods on the natural environment say investments in BIPOC communities and small farmers are also key to protecting our future.

Today on AirTalk we’re hearing from voices across the state to answer the big question: how do we make farming sustainable in California? Joining us is Isaya Kisseka, Associate Professor at UC Davis and the Principal Investigator at the Sustainable Agricultural Management Research Group, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Associate Professor at UC Merced and Director at the Center for Watershed and UC Agricultural Issues Center, and Eli Tizcareño, California Campaigns Director at the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Climate Week: How Do We Deal With Rising Sea Levels?

Climate Week Sea Level Rise 11.2.21

The science is clear: sea levels are rising as the earth warms due to climate change. However, projections on how much sea levels will rise by the end of the century are less clear. Experts project a range of between three to 15 feet depending on the actions world leaders take now. Even on the low end, the result could be detrimental to places with some of the largest populations. So what do we do about it? Some communities have already started taking action by armoring or nourishing beaches, and the California Coastal Commission has asked local jurisdictions to update their coastal plans, incorporating ideas for rising sea levels. But intervention brings cons as well, along with a number of complicated challenges.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks withMelodie Grubbs, science, research & policy specialist at the University of Southern California’sSea Grant program,Gary Griggs, distinguished professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz andSara Aminzadeh, California coastal commissioner about the science behind rising sea levels, where we stand now, what policy changes have been implemented and what the future may hold for coastal communities and beyond.

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