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Major San Francisco Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings – July 29, 2015

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century

By Kevin Stark, Winifred Bird and Michael Stoll

Like every body of water that opens onto a global ocean, San Francisco Bay is virtually guaranteed to rise several feet in coming decades, climate scientists say. But that has not deterred real estate developers from proposing and building billions of dollars worth of new homes and offices in bayfront areas that current climate change predictions show could flood by century’s end.

photo of the San Francisco skyline and waterfront as seen from nearby Treasure IslandPhoto by Peter Snarr, San Francisco Public Press.Built on landfill for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, Treasure Island will get… more

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Groundwater Depletion Is Destabilizing the San Andreas Fault and Increasing Earthquake Risk – May 15, 2014

New Research also links seasonal water levels to seasonal patterns in seismicity

By Katherine Bourzac

Depletion of groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley is having wide-ranging effects not just on the agricultural industry and the environment, but also on the very earth beneath our feet. Massive changes in groundwater levels in the southern Central Valley are changing the stresses on the San Andreas Fault, according to research published today.

Researchers have known for some time that human activity can be linked to localized seismic effects. In particular, much of the debate about fracking in California in the past few years has centered on evidence that the process of injecting large volumes of liquid underground can lubricate fault lines and increase local earthquake risk.


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