PREVENT AND PREPARE
California is leading the way with prevention measures to reduce greenhouse gases, but no matter how quickly we cut our climate polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts - increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves - are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more costly. There are many things we can do to protect against climate change impacts. Taking steps now to prepare for and adapt to climate change will protect public health and safety, our economy and our future.
NEWS AND EVENTS
- Climate change is having widespread impacts on California's economy and environment, and will continue to affect communities across the state in the future. To address this issue, the Local Government Commission and the State of California are pleased to announce the first 2014 California Adaptation Forum, August 19-20, 2014 in Sacramento, Ca. The program will reflect the diverse challenges facing California communities and bring together leading voices to share insights on how to respond effectively. Attend the forum and connect with a comprehensive network of adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing these impacts.
- The Office of Health Hazard assessment has released Indicators of Climate Change in California, a report presenting 36 indicators tracking trends in atmospheric gases that influence climate, changes in the state's climate, and the impacts of climate change on California's environment and people. In addition, OEHHA has compiled Recent Research on Climate Change: An annotated bibliography with an emphasis on California, which covers publications from mid-2009 to 2012, as a means of organizing and presenting data and information from research organizations, governmental entities and academia.
- In a new report, Preparing California for Extreme Heat, a working group representing multiple California state agencies has developed recommendations to help the state become better prepared and more resilient to increasing temperature and extreme heat events.
- The January 2013 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Report Card (PDF file 1.85 MB) describes state agency actions being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California, and summarizes the GHG reductions that have been achieved to date.
- Third Assessment from the Climate Change Center
Local and statewide vulnerabilities to climate change, highlighting opportunities for taking concrete actions to reduce climate-change impact.
- Adaptation Planning Guide (APG). .
- CCST California Climate Change Research Database
Public database of climate change research projects and programs taking place in California.
- Resources Legacy Fund releases report detailing climate adaptation principles
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change in California: Nine Guiding Principles
EXPLAINING CLIMATE CHANGE
The National Research Council has developed a series of videos that explain how scientists have arrived at the state of knowledge about current climate change and its causes.