California Revs Up for Paris Climate-Change Summit

November 5, 2015 6:38 pm Published by

In the wonky world of climate change, California’s presence at the United Nations summit in Paris next month is expected to be a star-studded affair. There will be an actual movie star, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who jump-started some of the state’s most ambitious efforts to slow global warming. Also in the mix is Tom Steyer, the billionaire Bay Area environmental activist who has bankrolled political campaigns around the country. And there is the official state delegation led by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has sought to make the battle against climate change a central part of his legacy. Much of the summit will concern a new international agreement to combat climate change. California — a state, not a nation — is not a part of those negotiations. But there will be opportunities to swap ideas and form partnerships with politicians, businesses and activists from all over the world, and to tout proposals for stopping global warming. “It’s kind of a candy shop for science and policy wonks,” said Gary Gero, president of the Climate Action Reserve. The Los Angeles Times

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