California is again making headlines – but this time, it’s not related (specifically) to the statewide drought.
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- Mandated 3-year updates of California’s climate adaptation strategy, Safeguarding California.
- Mandated implementation of Safeguarding California provisions, including:
- Vulnerability assessment for key sectors
- Clear identification and communication of risks associated with vulnerabilities, and priority actions needed to reduce those risks
- Identification of a lead agency/group of agencies to head adaptation efforts in each sector. These leaders will prepare implementation plans by September 2015, and report back on actions taken in June 2016.
- All state agencies will incorporate climate change into planning and investment decisions, with help from a technical advisory group that will be established by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.
- California’s Five-Year Infrastructure Plan will incorporate future and current climate impacts into all infrastructure projects.
- California will continue its climate change research program to improve understanding of climate change impacts and evaluate how best to plan for and adapt to such changes.
Greenhouse gas emissions:
- Updated emission reduction targets: reduce emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, which will put California on track to reduce emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
- All state agencies will implement measures to reduce GHG emissions to meet reductions targets.