California’s forward looking climate change policy has definitely staked out significant policy-making ground as the U.S. formulates its “nationally determined” commitments/contributions for the post-2020 international agreement.
Will its current drought do even more?
Check out this post on our VLS Environmental Health blog about President Obama’s recent creation of a Climate Resilience Fund, a U.S. domestic version of the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Fund. Drought-plagued California doesn’t need convincing about climate change impacts, just assistance in adapting. Recall that the Golden Bear State has led the way in U.S. climate change mitigation, with the passage of AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which seeks to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Despite dire predictions about job loss and state GDP impact, Californians voted against suspending it in November, 2010, with 62% of the electorate voting down Proposition 23. Now if they could only vote for rain!