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Natural Resources Agency Releases Plan to Guide California’s Climate Change Adaptation Efforts

The Natural Resources Agency has released an ambitious final plan for how California will prepare for the extreme effects of climate change. The report, titled Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans, consists of ten sectors that include water, agriculture and biodiversity.

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Historical International Climate Agreement Signed! A foundation for big steps in the right direction

On December 12, 2015 nearly 200 countries agreed for the first time in history to take action to curb climate change. The Paris Agreement sets an upper limit for warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a goal of 1.5 degrees.

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FEMA Urges California Homeowners to Purchase Flood Insurance before El Nino

Many Californians view El Nino, an extreme weather event that typically brings heavy rainfall to the West Coast, as the solution to the state’s drought problem. Unfortunately, the Golden State is also at risk of severe flooding, and the added effects of global warming have given FEMA cause for alarm.

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California Climate Change Symposium Leads Discussion of Current California Water Situation

At the 2015 California Climate Change Symposium, one session was dedicated to the discussion of the future of California’s water supply in the face of a historic drought and climatic change. The session featured presentations from several prominent members of the scientific community and covered important questions and cutting-edge research concerning water stress and climate change.

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California Legislature Passes 2030 Goals to Reduce Global Warming Emissions

On September 11, 2015, the State legislature enrolled Senate Bill 350, which establishes ambitious 2030 targets to reduce California’s emissions of climate-changing pollutants.

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Package of Climate Change Adaptation Bills Enrolled by State Legislature

Three adaptation bills were passed by California State legislature and sent to the Governor in the first two weeks of September. Collectively, these bills will enhance California’s capacity to anticipate and remain resilient in the face of climate change, at local and regional levels, across a variety of economic sectors, and in a manner that protects people, places, and water resources.

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California Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission Engage Utilities in Discussion of Planning for Climate Change and Implementing Climate Readiness Strategies

On July 27, 2015, a Climate Adaptation Workshop co-hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission engaged stakeholders in a conversation about climate-related risks to the energy system, adaptation planning, and implementation of climate readiness strategies.

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Governor Brown Establishes Ambitious Climate Targets, Including Integration of Adaptation into Planning Activities

On April 29, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-30-15 to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Bright Future: City of Los Angeles Releases Sustainability Plan

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the city's first sustainability plan on April 8, which includes the bold commitment to reduce greenhouse gases 80% by 2050 (below the 1990 baseline).

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Climate & Health: The White House Makes the Connection

The White House's efforts to act on climate change took on a health focus this week, with the President announcing a new study, research tools, and an upcoming national conference linking climate change to health impacts.

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Risky Business Report: Mitigation & Adaptation Needed for California

A new report by the Risky Business Project, From Boom to Bust? Climate Risk in the Golden State takes a close look at the economic impacts of climate change in California and how climate action—or inaction—would affect labor productivity, energy, and public health.

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Bright Potential for Solar Power in California

A study published by Nature Climate Change, “Efficient Use of Land to Meet Sustainable Energy Needs,” finds that using sites within the built environment, California could generate enough energy from solar power to exceed the state’s needs.

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New Global Study of Warming Lakes

A global database of lake surface temperatures collected by in situ and satellite methods from 1985–2009 by the Global Lake Temperature Collaboration.

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Report: Recommendations for Action on the Collection of Local Stormwater

In a new report released by the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE), ground stormwater capture recommendations for regulators and stormwater managers are made, with findings from local implementations.

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Mountain Issue: Climate Change on the Slopes

A visible sign of the effects of climate change can be seen on the snow-less mountains of California, where many ski areas have been unable to operate this season. With the loss of snowpack in California, local winter sports resorts have been making the news, from Mt. Waterman in Southern California to Lake Tahoe in Northern California.

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Hot Time in the City: Heat Waves

A UCLA study confirms what many city residents know to be true: the heat island effect can make cities uncomfortably hot.

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Ordered: Federal Flood Risk Management

For the first time, an American President has enlisted the federal government to take action to prepare for future flooding.

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Study: Carbon Dioxide Emissions are Human-Caused

A team of scientists led by the Berkeley Lab has been able to positively link rising CO2 levels to fossil fuel emissions.

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