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California Climate Change

Paris Agreement Marks Epic Movement Away From Fossil Fuels

Robert Redford | Posted 12.29.2016 | Green
Robert Redford

Fighting climate change is a moral imperative. And yet, just as protecting our children from the widening dangers of climate chaos is a challenge, it's also an opportunity. It's the economic play of our lifetime.

California Climate Change Bills Face Tough Passage

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers negotiated frantically behind the scenes on Tuesday over the fate of several proposals to dramatic...

Five Ways to Improve California's Cap & Trade System

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.29.2016 | Green
Mike Sandler

After three years of auctions, the program is needlessly complex, the spending of funds is opaque, funded projects may not reduce emissions, and the state's goal of becoming a national or international template for carbon pricing is in question.

Acting on Climate Change From the Bottom Up

Jerry Brown | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jerry Brown

UNITED NATIONS -- California very strongly supports the efforts of states and cities to do their part to combat climate change. In California, we have emphasized in recent years building standards and appliance standards and a renewable energy goal. But now instead of just asking how many solar installations we have or how many wind installations or geothermal, we are putting the emphasis on our climate footprint.

Billionaire Starts Fund For Victims Of Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.06.2014 | Green

In light of the devastating wildfires in California, hedge fund billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer is launching a new fund to aid vict...

Gov. Brown: California is the Epicenter of Climate Change

Jerry Brown | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Jerry Brown

California is right at the epicenter of climate change. Maps shaded in red to show some of the greatest relative change in climate from past patterns are most pronounced in the entire American Southwest. Our fire season is 70 days longer than it has been historically, and that means we need fire crews on all the time. That also means there are greater costs, greater danger and greater impact not only in urban areas, but across our grasslands and agricultural areas. But we adapt. We have to adapt because the climate is changing.

California Wineries Prep As Dry Summer Looms

AccuWeather | Kevin Byrne | Posted 04.24.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on AccuWeather. Three months after a drought state of emergency was declared in California, things have steadied tem...

State Senator's Proposal Moves from Cap & Trade to Fee & Rebate

Mike Sandler | Posted 04.27.2014 | Green
Mike Sandler

Plans for the use of revenue thus far haven't been pretty. Governor Jerry Brown borrowed from the Cap & Trade funds to plug a budget deficit, and then pledged millions toward the foundering high-speed rail project.

Don't Mind the Cold -- It's Still Getting Hotter

Mattias Wallander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mattias Wallander

What's the explanation for so many Americans becoming prisoners of the moment and ignoring strong scientific trends and the scientific community? Can a cool summer day or cloudy weekend really sway public opinion this much?

California the Focal Point of Green Revolution

Tom Hayden | Posted 08.13.2013 | Green
Tom Hayden

California, under Governor Jerry Brown's leadership, is playing a pivotal role in the struggle to transform the global economy toward energy conservation and renewables.

"Our Climate Is Changing. The Weather Is Becoming More Intense'

Ventura County Star | Timm Herdt | Posted 07.07.2013 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO -- Fire season came a month early this year, and, citing climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that Californians must be prepared to...

NASA Scientist Slams State's Cap-And-Trade Effort 'Because It's Half-Assed'

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.06.2012 | San Francisco

During a talk given at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco earlier this week, one of the world's foremost climate scientists predicte...

'These Conditions Are Straining Us'

| Posted 11.27.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch in collaboration with KQED. By Mark Schapiro Ten miles outside of Modesto, in the farming ...

Renewable Energy in California: What Has Policy Brought Us?

Andrew Hobbs | Posted 09.24.2012 | San Francisco
Andrew Hobbs

State and federal policies have helped deploy renewable energy in CA, yielding cleaner air, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and new jobs. But we'll need to scale up energy storage technology and ongoing efforts to design efficient, effective policy.

Of Climate Change, Cows And California Dreamin'

Posted 07.18.2012 | Green

From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: The California Milk Advisory Board has got to love this. The Board is the organization behind the “Ca...

Cap and Trade: One Piece of California's Climate Puzzle

Gary Gero | Posted 05.15.2013 | San Francisco
Gary Gero

By taking leadership in the fight against global climate change and building a new, clean energy economy, California is doing what California has always done best: creating the future. And that is a puzzle we all need to work together to solve.

New Report Shows Investing in Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Is a Safe Bet for California

Jackie Roberts | Posted 08.04.2012 | Green
Jackie Roberts

Last week's report provides the best evidence to date that California businesses offer widespread expertise in actions that reduce climate change pollution and can provide the assistance needed to transition to a clean and efficient economy.

Climate Dividends: California's Chance to Change Hearts and Minds

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Green
Mike Sandler

The State of California is desperate for revenue. But so are the people of California. The solution to climate change is a carbon price that rewards the people of California.

Guess Which U.S. State Is Most Likely To Survive Climate Change?

Sarah Medina | Posted 04.08.2012 | San Francisco

As if we needed another reason to love California, the Golden State has been named most likely to survive the tolls of climate change. A recent s...

Why Is This Native Bird In Danger?

| Posted 05.06.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Susanne Rust If the climate continues to warm and development doesn't slow down, the f...

Is California Getting Colder?

| Posted 04.01.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Susanne Rust It's pretty well established that the earth is warming up. Researchers an...

Jerry Brown Finds Post-Budget Focus

William Bradley | Posted 11.01.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The California state legislature is almost down to the last week of its yearly session, with little to show for it other than big budget cuts early in the year. Any real action on the economy? That would be no.

Don't Be Prepared

Mike Sweeney | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green
Mike Sweeney

Of the current Congress, 204 members have participated as a member of or an adult volunteer in the Boy Scouts. So how is it that so many former scouts forget the one thing the Boy Scouts hoped they'd remember?

Obama, Arnold, Jerry, and the Big Green Dream

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The latest UN global climate summit is underway in Cancun with little progress in store, despite 2010 turning out to be perhaps the hottest year on record. That makes the moves underway in California even more significant.

The Arnold Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Schwarzenegger has less than seven months left in the governorship. He's strictly a lame duck, right? Well, no. Schwarzenegger may have a big role to play in the general election.