PREPARING FOR THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE:
A STRATEGY FOR CALIFORNIA
The Pacific Council on International Policy’s Task Force on Adaptation to Climate Change released its full-length report, Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change – A Strategy for California, during a public release event held in Los Angeles on November 22, 2010.
The report represents the culmination of a rigorous, yearlong examination of some of the most pressing climate change effects to which California must adapt, as well as the short- and long-term strategies California must undertake if the state is to prepare for these effects. The report sets out an actionable plan for the Golden State by providing key and threat-specific recommendations regarding three significant hazards: sea level rise, more severe forest / range wildfires, and water supply reduction.
The task force was divided into three teams, each of which focused on one of the hazard areas. Experts, scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders aided each team in examining each hazard area and constructing a set of pragmatic recommendations for their specific threat. The task force at large then came together during four working sessions to examine these threat-specific recommendations and arrive at the consensus reflected in the final report.
That consensus includes these four key recommendations for California:
1) Increase monitoring and data gathering on the uses of, and changes to, the State’s natural resources and land-use patterns
2) Establish a Climate Risk Council for California, to utilize the best available climate science to guide risk assessment and adaptation measures
3) Improve multi-level and cross-sector communication and coordination for adaptation planning and stakeholder engagement
4) Align incentives for proactive management and build funds to support large scale community based projects.
Read the Sacramento Bee op-ed by task force members William K. Reilly and John E. Bryson HERE.
Listen to KPCC's interview with task force co-chair William K. Reilly HERE.
Listen to KPFA's interview with task force director Dan Mazmanian HERE.
More press: Sun Herald Times
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
Monterey County Herald
San Francisco Chronicle
For more on the report’s public release event, click HERE, or view video of the event below.