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Melting Arctic Ice Caps May Speed Up Global Warming And More Local News

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San Diego researchers say that global warming could happen a lot faster because of melting ice caps. Plus, scientists say Californians are going to experience hotter temperatures in the coming decades. Also on today’s podcast, a recent spike in Big Sur tourism has caught local officials unprepared and hear how San Diego’s reputation as a place to get well may well have started with the Cupa Indians.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Monday, July 29th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. San Diego researchers say global warming could happen a lot faster because of melting ice caps and two springs lowered the Koopa Indians to eastern San Diego county thousands of years ago.

Speaker 2: 00:18 These hot mineral waters could cure just about anything. I mean, cancer, tuberculosis, all kinds of

Speaker 1: 00:25 diseases that more San Diego news stories coming up right after the break.

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Speaker 1: 00:33 Thank you for joining us for San Diego News Matters. I'm Deb Welsh. San Diego researchers say global warming could happen a lot faster than previously thought. KPBS reporter Eric Anderson says, I'm melting Arctic ice cap may explain why.

Speaker 4: 00:49 I recently published scientific papers suggest the shrinking ice pack at the North Pole may hasten the planets march toward global warming. Script's researcher Ian Eisenman says, losing the reflective properties of the ice will be like adding a trillion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. The entire industrial revolution is responsible for about two point 4 trillion tons of CO2. Eisenman says the findings surprised him.

Speaker 2: 01:17 Global warming could happen just as fast as we think, but it could also happen quite a bit faster and the way it would happen quite a bit faster as if we lose the CIS a lot faster than our projections.

Speaker 4: 01:27 Eisenman says the future is uncertain because humans can still affect how fast temperatures climb. The findings are published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Eric Anderson KPBS News,

Speaker 1: 01:38 a campaign asking voters to approve building more than 2000 homes in rural North County is underway. KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman says the Newland Sierra Development has proven to be controversial.

Speaker 5: 01:50 Most of the homes in the development would cost between five and $900,000 with some near 400,000 backers of the new land. Sierra project include local fire and sheriff unions. San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, CEO Jerry Sanders says they could benefit from the lower priced homes.

Speaker 2: 02:06 A $400,000 house is, is attainable for our public safety employees and that's an important thing along with school teachers.

Speaker 5: 02:13 Twin Oaks Valley resident, Abigail Scriven is opposed to the development located just north of Escondido and San Marcos.

Speaker 1: 02:19 We have a motto in Twin Oaks Valley. It's called keep twin oaks valley rural. Yeah.

Speaker 5: 02:22 The county board of supervisors approved the development last year, but more than a hundred thousand signatures forced the project onto the 2020 ballot. Nuland Sierra developers announced Friday that the project will include 200 affordable housing units for seniors and families. Matt Hoffman, k PBS News,

Speaker 1: 02:39 a new study finds groundwater wells are being dug deeper and deeper across the western us. Luke Runyon has more,

Speaker 5: 02:47 those deeper wells are chasing fresh water supplies buried in underground aquifers, some of which are disappearing as people pump more water out of them than is recharged naturally. Debra is our professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the steadies coauthor.

Speaker 6: 03:04 What our paper really gets to is the fact that we are drilling deeper over time and that we suggest that drilling deeper is a stop gap to groundwater depletion.

Speaker 5: 03:16 Parone and her colleagues found hot spots where deeper wells are drilled to tap into the dropping water table like California central valley and along the edges of the high plains Aquifer, which covers a large swath of the great plains, including eastern Colorado. I'm Luke Runyon,

Speaker 1: 03:31 Sacramento. Mayor Darrell Steinberg made some eyeopening claims about California's unsheltered homeless population during his recent push for a right to shelter law, capitol, public radio's politifact reporter Chris Nichols fact checked his statements,

Speaker 2: 03:46 Steinberg said record numbers of this group are dying in Los Angeles and Sacramento. We found reports that back up this grim statement, more than 900 homeless people died in La County last year. That was up 76% from the year before. Two years ago in Sacramento County, more than 100 homeless people died, most of whom were unsheltered. That was an increase of 75% unsheltered homeless people live either in a vehicle, an abandoned building, or on the streets. Finally, Steinberg noted that a much higher share of homeless Californians are unsheltered compared with New York. That's also correct. More than two thirds of homeless residents live without any formal shelter. To call home while just a fraction live outside in New York in Sacramento. I'm Chris Nichols.

Speaker 1: 04:40 Read full versions of all our fact checks@politifact.com slash California big Sur is seen as bike and visitors since highway one reopened last year. Capital public radio. Scott Rod says, officials are struggling to promote responsible tourism.

Speaker 7: 04:57 Last week the words over tourism is killing big Sur appeared in gold paint on the road near the iconic Bixby bridge earlier this month. A banner carrying the same message hung from its railing. Stan Russell is the executive director of big surge chamber of Commerce. He disagrees with the message, but believes visitors need to be educated about responsible tourism. The chamber spends tens of thousands of dollars each year on informational materials for the public, but Russell acknowledges more needs to be done.

Speaker 8: 05:23 How do we get the message out to people when there's so many people coming from so many different places? I don't know. Maybe an airplane flying over with Tanner. You think that would help?

Speaker 7: 05:33 Big Sur is not alone. In March, the so called super bloom of poppy flowers in Lake Elsinore caused the small southern California town to be overrun. Last week, the family owned Daffodil Hill in Amador county close to the public hordes of visitors seeking the perfect shot for social media. Presented too many challenges from Sacramento. I'm Scott Rod.

Speaker 1: 05:51 Californians are going to experience hotter and hotter temperatures in coming decades. Capital public radios as we're David Romero has more honor report from the Union of concerned scientists.

Speaker 2: 06:03 Imagine Sacramento with more than two months of over a hundred degree weather a year and a month of 105 degree temperatures. That could be a reality in just half a century unless action is taken to reduce global warming. The report killer heat in the United States finds that by 2070 places like Sacramento could experience six days of off the chart heat every year. That means days at or above 127 degrees. They say extreme heat is inevitable. Even in the best case scenario where greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced. The authors say the solution isn't just about reducing emissions. It's about preparing for the effects extreme heat has on people in Sacramento. I'm as her David Romero.

Speaker 1: 06:47 For thousands of years, San Diego has drawn people searching for health and wellness as part of our California dream collaboration. KPBS as a Meetha Sharma has traced the history of health seekers coming to California today. She explores how a couple of pools of water, Laura, the Koopa Indians to eastern San Diego.

Speaker 9: 07:10 I see our home. Then Eric Ortega is a member of the pallet Indian mission band of Indians and a descendant of the Koopa Indians. He walks through Warner springs in San Diego County on a recent afternoon.

Speaker 10: 07:23 My grandmother lived in one of those houses. My grandfather lived in those houses

Speaker 9: 07:26 and just east of those homes are two large pools of fresh water. One hot, one cold or take a standing yards away from the water. Now part of a resort under construction says practicality and spirituality drew his ancestors here possibly as far back as 4,000 years ago.

Speaker 10: 07:46 The water was the healing. We believed that it cleaned our bodies and our souls took out a lot of the negativity. If you've had a hard day of hunting or gathering, you come in and you soak in a hot springs.

Speaker 9: 07:58 He says the water touched every aspect at Kupa society,

Speaker 10: 08:01 our whole culture, a lot of our religious events where we're Dunkin with a water sprinkling, where the water was a big part for us daily life.

Speaker 9: 08:11 When the stage coaches caring American settlers started traveling through the area in the 1850s the Indians commercialized the hot springs.

Speaker 10: 08:19 We would do their laundry, washed her clothes, we would let them bathe, let them drink water, feed them, and then they would pay us and beyond their way

Speaker 9: 08:27 soon some Americans who were sick and had moved to the region to heal her talk that those hot springs just might be v remedy.

Speaker 2: 08:35 The claims that were made in the 19th century with the hot mineral waters could cure just about anything. If you believe the promoters, I mean cancer, tuberculosis, all kinds of diseases.

Speaker 9: 08:48 Historian Phil Briganti says, asked the fame of the hot springs grew, the property became highly coveted. The land was deeded out to a man named Jonathan Trumbull Warner in the 1840s but the Indians continued to live there.

Speaker 2: 09:00 Eventually, the folks who own the Warner ranch led primarily by a man named John Downey, who was a former governor of California. They decided they wanted access among other things to the springs there, and so they instituted a lawsuit treating the Indians as if they were trespassers.

Speaker 9: 09:18 The lawsuit prevailed in 1903 the Koopa Indians were kicked off the land. Some 200 men, women and children were marched to the Palo reservation on a three day journey for Gandy said the Pachangas Indians who had been evicted from their lands decades earlier, came to offer support.

Speaker 2: 09:35 They brought a steered barbecue. They brought oranges for the kids, and this, this amazing moment of these two Indian groups together. One Who has survived a removal and the other who's in the midst of it, can't hardly imagine what was said around the campfires that night

Speaker 9: 09:51 or take a head talk to a woman who was 11 at the time the tribe was evicted. She said they were crying. They were howly devastating to our people. That's Paula chairman, Robert Smith. He says, descendants of the Coupas still want the hot springs. In 2013 a bankruptcy judge rejected the Palo band's bid for the property in favor of a bid from Pacific hospitality group, but Smith isn't giving up. It's sacred ground ranch. I think we'll have to buy our own land bat by whatever it takes. We're going to do that in San Diego. I'm Amit the Sharma.

Speaker 1: 10:24 Tomorrow we'll look at how ill businessmen helped her in San Diego into the city. It is today. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters. If you'd like the show, do us a favor and tell your friends and family to subscribe to the show.

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