Statewide Response to Climate Change
Climate change is expected to have significant and widespread impacts on California's economy and environment. California's unique and valuable natural treasures - hundreds of miles of coastline, high value forestry and agriculture, snow-melt fed fresh water supply, vast snow and water fueled recreational opportunities, as well as other natural wonders - are especially at risk.
To respond to the threat of climate change, the State enacted the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32 - Núñez). The Act caps California's greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels by 2020.
Adopting this ambitious goal put California at the forefront of global action. Achieving this goal will require significant collaboration and support from all public entities and private stakeholders representing all sectors of California's diverse economy.
In addition, there are steps that must be taken to protect against climate change impacts that are already occurring. Taking steps now to prepare for and adapt to climate change will protect public health and safety, our economy and our future.