1. May Climate Briefing Highlights with Tony Barnston

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    For more, vist iri.columbia.edu/enso and follow #IRIForecast on twitter. Spanish translation by our colleagues at the Centro de Modelado Cientifico (http://cmc.org.ve) Tenemos en estos momentos un evento El Niño de débil a moderado en el Océano Pacífico Tropical; esto aplica tanto para las anomalías de temperatura superficial del mar, como para el componente atmosférico del evento. El sistema está trabajando en conjunto, está acoplado, y ahora la pregunta que surge es: “¿Cuán intenso podría llegar a ser?”. Estamos en esa época del año en la que aún no podemos realmente juzgar [this is 00:29] la intensidad máxima que tendrá. Sin embargo, múltiples modelos están pronosticando al menos un evento moderado, y algunos incluso indican que será un evento intenso. Unos pocos dicen que será un evento débil. Así que tenemos una amplia disparidad [this is 00:45] entre los modelos en términos de cuán intenso será. La mayoría de ellos indica que va a ser más intenso de lo que es en este momento, y justo ahora es casi de intensidad moderada. Así que creo que hay una buena posibilidad de que sea más intenso de lo que es ahora, pero no podemos realmente pronosticar a estas alturas el nivel que tendrá. [01:04] En todo caso, nuestro pronóstico climático está indicando una probabilidad muy alta —más de 80%— de que haya precipitaciones bajo la normal en partes de Indonesia; también en la lista de zonas muy secas está la parte norte de Sudamérica, Australia Oriental, y un poco el Sahel en África, para este verano. Por otro lado, estamos pronosticando precipitaciones por encima de la normal para partes del sudeste de Sudamérica, y por supuesto para todas las islas del Pacífico Tropical, justo sobre la línea ecuatorial, donde El Niño está ocurriendo. Sin embargo, estará seco en algunas de las islas en el sur del Pacífico Tropical. [01:58] Este es un pronóstico muy intenso, así que tendremos que esperar a ver qué ocurre.

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    • Drowt

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      • California's Sea: A Date With Destiny Shortened

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        • The Salton Sea & The Quantification Settlement Agreement

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          • The Salton Sea: A Not-So Accidental Sea

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            • California's Sea: The Salton Sea

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              • California's Sea: Beyond 2017

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                • California's Sea: A Wildlife Hotspot

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                  Amidst the nationwide focus on the drought in California, a major environmental and public health concern has once again been set in the shadow for the law makers of Sacramento. But for the Salton Sea - California’s largest lake and home to more than 425 bird species on the pacific flyway, time is running out. Time is ticking until 2017, when water allocations in accordance with the Quantification Settlement Agreement (2003) are significantly reduced and directly affect the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is already more than 25% saltier than the Pacific Ocean, and with reduced water and rising salinity this region will no longer be able to support environmental life. To make matters worse, as the water level reduces and exposes years of agricultural runoff, giant dust storms have the potential to plague areas as far as Los Angeles, San Diego, and Northern Mexico. This surrounding region already has some of the worst rates of asthma in the state, and the socioeconomic suppressed immigrant working communities are suffering and have nowhere to move. This issue is not just about international bird populations and the environment, its about social justice, and rights to clean air. California is running out of time after decades of political indecisiveness and costly studies, something has to be done now to “Save Our Sea”. #SAVEOURSEA A video production by Alex Cooke & Chris Norwood 2015.

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                  • Keep California Beautiful

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                    A PSA that informs viewers on how they can keep California beautiful.

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                    • The Salton Sea: A Date With Destiny

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                      Amidst the nationwide focus on the drought in California, a major environmental and public health concern has once again been set in the shadow for the law makers of Sacramento. But for the Salton Sea - California’s largest lake and home to more than 425 bird species on the pacific flyway, time is running out. Time is ticking until 2017, when water allocations in accordance with the Quantification Settlement Agreement (2003) are significantly reduced and directly affect the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is already more than 25% saltier than the Pacific Ocean, and with reduced water and rising salinity this region will no longer be able to support environmental life. To make matters worse, as the water level reduces and exposes years of agricultural runoff, giant dust storms have the potential to plague areas as far as Los Angeles, San Diego, and Northern Mexico. This surrounding region already has some of the worst rates of asthma in the state, and the socioeconomic suppressed immigrant working communities are suffering and have nowhere to move. This issue is not just about international bird populations and the environment, its about social justice, and rights to clean air. California is running out of time after decades of political indecisiveness and costly studies, something has to be done now to “Save Our Sea”. A short film project by Alex Cooke & Chris Norwood 2015.

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