The natural world in Southern California has been changing: Summers have been hotter, winters warmer and drier, ocean temperatures are higher, drawing sea life usually seen in the tropics.
But are these examples of climate change or just natural variability?
KPCC wants you to help us explore those questions through a project we’re calling I See Change.
What kind of change are you seeing in the natural world? Did you see that recent hail storm in Huntington Beach or the South L.A. tornado last December? Did the monarch butterflies show up on your milkweeds earlier this year? If you’re a diver, do the kelp forests and marine life around them look different? How about the trees and scrub along your favorite hike?
Your observations in your backyard, neighborhood, beach or national forest can help us understand what’s happening throughout the region.
We’re joining a national effort to raise awareness of how our climate might already be changing.
We want you to:
- Make observations, send us pictures and ask questions.
- Add details and ask questions.
- Above all, ask us and scientists questions.
And we’ll hold up our end of the bargain, working to answer those questions as best as they can be answered.
Everything you share will be read by journalists only, and your responses are confidential unless you tell us we may publish them.