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Global Warming Is Worsening Water Scarcity in California
Los Angeles, CA -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Global Change Research Program published the third National Climate Assessment. The report found that nationally, average U.S. temperature has increased 1.5 degrees since 1895, and global warming is worsening water scarcity in California.
Environment California Clean Energy Advocate Michelle Kinman issued the following statement in response:
“We already know global warming threatens our future. This report shows how it is harming our communities now.
“This report makes clear what farmers, first responders, and flood insurers have already seen firsthand: Global warming is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events, contributing to sea level rise, and increasing drought in many regions.
“In June, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. This is a huge deal – power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the county, but face no federal limits on carbon as they do for soot, smog, and other dangerous air pollution. This isn’t the only action we need to solve the climate crises. But it’s a big step on the national level.
“Here in California, we can also take big steps. California has a critical opportunity—and responsibility—to head off the worst impacts of global warming on local communities. One key step in the right direction is Senator Kevin de León’s Charge Ahead California legislation (SB 1275), which aims to electrify the transportation sector, which currently accounts for more global warming pollution than another other single source in the state. By transforming the cars, trucks and buses that we drive every day, we can create cleaner, healthier skies for all Californians.
“Together, these steps at can make a world of difference in combatting global warming.”
Environment California is a statewide, nonprofit, environmental advocacy organization working to protect California’s air, water and open spaces. More information can be found at http://www.EnvironmentCalifornia.org.