California has and will continue to prioritize the issue of climate change for many reasons:
– The scientific research is conclusive.
– To protect the health of our citizens and our communities.
– To remain competitive in the global economy.
– The economic cost of climate change demands action now.
The following is a partial list of relevant research, reports and studies.
Council of Economic Advisers (July 2014). “The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change.” Office of the President of the United States; http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea
Thomas Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, & Henry Paulson, Jr. (June 2014). “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States.” Risky Business Project; http://riskybusiness.org/uploads/files/RiskyBusiness_PrintedReport_FINAL_WEB_OPTIMIZED.pdf
California Air Resources Board, AB32 Scoping Plan (May 2014);
Richard Howitt, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan, Jay Lund, & Daniel Sumner (July 2014). “Economic Analysis of the 2014 Drought for California Agriculture.”, UC Davis; https://watershed.ucdavis.edu/files/biblio/DroughtReport_23July2014_0.pdf
Mark Z. Jacobson, et. al. (2014, in press). “A roadmap for repowering California for all purposes with wind, water, and sunlight,” Energy, 1-15; http://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/CaliforniaWWS.pdf/
Cheng Zheng and Daniel M Kammen. “An innovation-focused roadmap for a sustainable global photovoltaic industry”’;
Gunnar Luderer, et.al. (2013). “Economic mitigation challenges: how further delay closes the door for achieving climate targets.” Environmental Research Letters, 8; http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/3/034033/article
Ana Mileva, James H Nelson, Josiah Johnston and Daniel M, Kammen. “SunShot Solar Power Reduces Costs and Uncertainty in Future Low-Carbon Electricity System”;
Susanne Moser, Julia Ekstrom, Guido Franco. “Our Changing Climate 2012: Vulnerablity & Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change In California,” A summary Report on the Third Assessment from the CA Climate Change Center CEC-500-2012-013;
Anthony Westerling, B. P. Bryant, H. K. Preisler, T. P. Holmes, H. G. Hidalgo, T. Das and S. R. Shresth. “Climate change and growth scenarios for California wildfire,” Climate Change”;
Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, Pablo Herrera, Peter H. Gleick and Eli Moore. “Potential impacts of increased coastal flooding in California due to sea-level rise” Climate Change (2011);
Matthias Ruth, et. al. (October 2007). “The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction.” Center for Integrative Environmental Research, University of Maryland; http://cier.umd.edu/documents/US%20Economic%20Impacts%20of%20Climate%20Change%20and%20the%20Costs%20of%20Inaction.pdf