Climate Change in Modesto CA

This page is ready for content from interested students, activists, and other residents of Modesto and the Central Valley. The Modesto page on LocalClimate.org is for keeping your community informed on everything having to do with clean energy transition and climate change in your local area. You might get some ideas about what to write from the more fleshed-out pages on this site, like Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the Coachella Valley.

This page is about the changing climate and energy transition in Modesto

1.0 Modesto’s Climate Projections

2.0 How the Climate will Impact Modesto

3.0 Climate Leadership in Modesto

4.0 Climate Orgs in Modesto

5.0 Politicians from Modesto on the Climate

1.0 Modesto’s climate projections call for a 10x increase in number of extreme heat days and a longer heat season

Cal-Adapt. (2018). [Number of Extreme Heat Days for 6×6 km grid cell (37.65625, -120.96875) in Modesto California, RCP 8.5, Global Climate Models HadGEM2-ES, CNRM-CM5, CanESM2, MIROC5]. Cal-Adapt website developed by University of California at Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility under contract with the California Energy Commission. Retrieved [15 Aug 2021], from https://cal-adapt.org/tools/extreme-heat/

Livneh et al, (2015) A spatially comprehensive, hydrometeorological data set for Mexico, the U.S., and Southern Canada 1950–2013. Scientific Data, 2(1). doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.42

Cal-Adapt. (2018). [Number of Extreme Heat Days for 6×6 km grid cell (37.65625, -120.96875) in Modesto California, RCP 8.5, Global Climate Models HadGEM2-ES, CNRM-CM5, CanESM2, MIROC5]. Cal-Adapt website developed by University of California at Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility under contract with the California Energy Commission. Retrieved [15 Aug 2021], from https://cal-adapt.org/tools/extreme-heat/

Livneh et al, (2015) A spatially comprehensive, hydrometeorological data set for Mexico, the U.S., and Southern Canada 1950–2013. Scientific Data, 2(1). doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.42

2.0 The impacts of climate change on the Modesto area are well under way.

The Central Valley of California is a major source of fruits and vegetables for North America and beyond. One of the most visible impacts on climate change in the Central Valley is the collapse of large areas of cropland because of the water table underneath has been nearly depleted. This phenomenon is known as “land subsidence.”

Richard Anderson is a microbiology teacher, retired from Yosemite College in Modesto. He and a small group of local experts are making community-building videos about local climate change impacts in the Central Valley. Here’s a clip Anderson made with colleague Bill Annelli in 2021. It shows how the ongoing drought, made worse by climate change, has caused farmers to pump more and more groundwater from an ever-dwindling aquifer.

3.0 How are Central Valley and Modesto officials dealing with the local climate emergency?

4.0 Climate Orgs and Action Groups in Modesto

5.0 Politicians representing Modesto on the Climate