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California Leads States in Climate Change Adaptation

In December 2009 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled the final version of the California Climate Adaptation Strategy, a project of the California Natural Resources Agency examining the likely impacts of climate change on the state and proposing a suite of adaptation measures.

The strategy, a 200-page document available for download at www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation/, was developed in response to an executive order by Schwarzenegger in 2008, presented as a draft in August 2009, and opened to the public for comments before its final approval.

As reported in

EBN and elsewhere, scientific consensus overwhelmingly concludes that greenhouse gas mitigation is necessary but not sufficient to prevent harm to human life and livelihood from changes wrought by rising global temperatures; adaptation is also necessary (see

EBN Sept. 2009). California is the first state in the nation to adopt an official plan for adapting to climate change.

Published January 1, 2010

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