But Stanford University scientists insist this is not what's ahead for the area.
My emphasis. The Stanford researchers didn't home in on California, but a recent Newsweek cover story did.
All these scientific projections raise the political question: can our institutions deal with threats of this unprecedented sort or are we doomed to suffer them with minimal mitigation and adaptation because our political arrangements fail us?
On the political front, the news inspires more chills than our recent weather. Writing in the The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert makes as unequivocal a condemnation of the administration as I can imagine.
Again my emphasis. And the other guys are worse, most of the Republican presidential hopefuls claiming to question the science of climate change.
This is the great challenge to our democracy in this time.