Leading scientists outline opportunities for solutions

SACRAMENTO – Facing the severe threat of climate change, California policymakers and researchers announced new data to reduce and adapt to climate change in the Golden State. According to new reports released by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission, state and local leaders now have a wealth of detailed information about adapting to climate change. The findings were announced today at a news conference at the California Emergency Management Agency.

“Significant increases in wildfires, floods, severe storms, drought and heat waves are clear evidence that climate change is happening now. California is stepping up to lead the way in preparing for – and adapting to – this change,” said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird. “These reports use cutting-edge science to provide an analytical roadmap, pointing the way for taking concrete steps to protect our natural resources and all Californians.”

The new data will help state and local communities to protect public health, grow the State’s economy, ensureenergy reliability, and safeguard the environment. Conducted by 26 research teams from numerous academic institutions, the reports comprise the State’s third climate change assessment released since 2006.

“We know that climate change will significantly affect the state’s energy supply and demand,” said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. “This groundbreaking research gives us the data and analytical tools we need to better plan, forecast and prepare to meet the state’s energy needs as we face climate challenges.”

This new assessment, guided by various state agencies and independent scientific experts, offers findings on current and projected impacts of climate change on the state’s energy, water, agriculture, coastal regions and public health. The reports provide vital data for taking action, with studies focused on assessing local and regional barriers and opportunities for adapting to a shifting climate. Areas of focus include the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Santa Barbara. The assessment is part of California’s evidence-based statewide approach to reducing the risks of climate change, as directed by the Governor’s Office.

Read More in the Press Release (PDF)

Download the Report Summary (PDF)

The reports can be found online, along with the summary “Our Changing Climate 2012,” on the California Climate Change Portal at:
www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation/third_assessment/.

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For Immediate Release: July 31, 2012

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