Tuesday, December 15, 2009

California Releases 12-part Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

California Releases 12-part Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
California's Natural Resources Agency released a report last week recommending a 12-part climate change adaptation strategy that was endorsed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, among others. Among the recommendations: creation of a climate adaptation advisory panel, staffed by business and government leaders, to further assess the level of risk facing California; pursuit of more reservoirs and water projects to address strained water supplies; implementation of a statewide conservation target to cut water use by 20 percent by 2020; a directive to state agencies to avoid new development in areas prone to erosion, flooding and wildfire; and expanded use of the California Environmental Quality Act to force managers of infrastructure projects to consider their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. To view the report, visit http://www.energy.ca.gov/2009publications/CNRA-1000-2009-027/CNRA-1000-2009-027-F-ES.PDF

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