Latest climate report spells doom and gloom for California
Rising temperatures will drive more wildfires. Mountain regions will grow hotter, and soil and vegetation will dry out more quickly. The greatest increase will be in the forests of the Sierra Nevada and the southern Cascade mountain ranges.
In the worst case scenario, with higher emissions, wildfire-burned areas could surge by as much as 400 percent by the century's end. ,
The Pacific Ocean will rise higher and faster, exposing California to beach erosion, flooding, storm damage and billions in damage along the coast.
Sea levels could rise more than nine feet. If that happens, more than 250,000 residents, $38 billion in property, and 1,400 miles of roads along the coast are at risk of flooding during a severe storm in Southern California.
Climbing temperatures could cause 6,700 to 11,300 more heat-related deaths annually in California. Also, heat-related fatalities will dominate economic damage to the state from climate change, costing up to $50 billion per year by mid-century.
Higher temperatures will also drive up agricultural water use north of the Delta.