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Conservancy Times ~ ~'~ 4 I t Island is buffered by the surrounding Pacific Ocean BY ALEXA JOHNSON The Catalina Island Conservancy and other land man- agers all over the globe must now address climate as they plan for the future. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the Earth's average temperature has increased by 1.4 degrees F over the last century, and that it's expected to increase by another 2 to 11.5 degrees over the next hun- dred years. Rising global temperatures, accompanied by a warmer, more acidic ocean, have caused changes in weather and climate worldwide. Predicted changes include more extremes--prolonged drought, more frequent and intense heat waves, more frequent and intense storms (including hurricanes and ed cadS pp , Portable Oxygen Concentrators "Toss The Tanks" 855-4-OXYGEN (469-9436) Airplanes Trains Cars Cruise Ships cyclones), rising sea level (due to melting glaciers and the fact that warmer ocean water takes up more space), and bigger flood events. Most scientists agree that the current episode of climate change has largely been caused by human activities. The burning of fossil fuels has increased greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere. Greenhouse gases trap heat and maintain a habitable planet. But too high a concentration of these gases in our atmosphere and too much heat can lead to a set of conditions that stress natural and human systems. Catalina Island may be some- what buffered from the tempera- ture effects of climate change. As a result of being surrounded by ocean, Catalina experiences less severe seasonal temperature extremes. It's typically cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than comparable mainland Mediterranean-type ecosystems. On the moisture side, frequent fog on the Island reduces water stress for Island plants, and that regime may continue. On the other hand, having evolved for millennia with this fog, Island plants may also be less tolerant of extended periods of drought and, therefore, Patient portal CIMC to provide email access to patients' records :~ Founded in 1913 by Ernest WJndle Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinalslander.com General Manager Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinalslander.com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinalslander.com Graphic Designer Christy Smith Multimedia Director Franco Te francote@communitymediaus.com 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/PubBc Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, RR. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper, Contents Copyright 2014 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc All Rights Reserved. at --- Please " " SUNDAY, DECEMBE Ice Skating Bounce House Caricature Artist Face Painting Hot Dogs Snow Cones PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION Fog plays an integral role in the Island's ecology and may shape the way the Island's flora responds to climate change. Photo by Jack Baldelli more sensitive to climate change. Aaron Ramirez, a researcher at University of California, Berkeley, is currently conducting a study to determine how climate change may impact the Island's flora by comparing Island and mainland varieties of the same plant fami- lies. Rising sea level caused by cli- mate change may alter Catalina's coastline, but not much, given steep terrain. According to a July 2014 paper in Bioscience, an increase of 5 meters (which is revolutionizes BY JUDY HIBBS likely over the next couple hun- dred years) will result in a loss of 1.4 percent of total land area. Other Channel Islands will see greater effects--increased coastal erosion, reduced habitat for cliff nesting birds, altered organiza- tion of marine ecosystems, and destruction of coastal archeologi- cal sites. Alexa Johnson is the Catalina Island Conservancy's outreach and naturalist training special- ist. For more information, please visit catalinaconservaney.org. record access A new federal government poli- cy (the Meaningful Use Initiative), will soon require all hospitals to provide patients or their desig- nated representative with access to all electronic patient records. Through a "patient portal," indi- viduals will have secure access to medical records, information, health history, medications taken, allergies, existing or developing medical conditions and more. 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