As fires and droughts become more severe and climate crisis-induced crop failures and sea level rise loom on the horizon, California often leads the way with climate and environmental legislation. However, our state has yet to ban fracking and our financial ties to the fossil fuel industry should be carefully evaluated as we move forward. 

Common Dreams—July 6, 2020 Governor Newsom’s administration has approved 12 new fracking permits for Chevron, marking the third time that Newsom has broken his temporary fracking ban since the start of the pandemic. These permits will further exacerbate air pollution and poison Black and Brown communities, already at greater risk from COVID-19. READ MORE


A firefighter manages a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, in an effort to contain an even larger wildfire.

San Francisco Chronicle—January 10, 2020 Australia’s wildfires may be a chilling foretaste of how much worse things can get in the fire-scarred Golden State, which has experienced a series of enormous and deadly fires over the past five years. Those fires, however, burned about a third of what is burning Down Under all at once. READ MORE

An abalone clings to a rock surrounded by purple sea urchins off the north coast of California near Fort Bragg on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

San Francisco Chronicle——October 22, 2019 A climate-related catastrophe off the California coast has resulted in the death of 90% of the kelp from San Francisco to Oregon as an explosion of ravenous urchins devours everything in sight. And it’s happening at the same time native fish in San Francisco Bay are dying out. READ MORE

Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA (2012), Wikimedia Commons

Desert Sun.—October 15, 2019With the federal government declining to protect Joshua trees from the ravages of climate change and over-development, an environmental group on Tuesday asked California officials to step in and protect the signature desert species. READ MORE

Coastal erosion in Pacifica, California, from 1997. Source: U.S. Geological Survey

LA Times—JULY 7, 2019 Wildfire and drought dominate the climate change debates in the state. Yet the less-talked-about reality of coastal erosion has California cornered. As the great ice sheets melt and the ocean rises seaside cliffs are crumbling in Pacifica, bringing down entire buildings. READ MORE—JUNE 21, 2019 As California continues to grapple with climate change and  increasingly dangerous and destructive wildfires, Gov. Gavin Newsom released a progress report on recommendations laid out in his Administration’s 60 Day Strike Force report.

PBS—JUNE 21, 2019 California oil has lifted people out of poverty and helped the nation win wars but now the public is becoming increasingly aware of petroleum’s role in altering the climate and endangering their health. READ MORE

CalMatters—JUNE 8, 2019 Millions of Californians face an unprecedented increase in natural disasters brought about climate change with an accompanying increase in risk. READ MORE

JANUARY 8, 2019 California is engaged in both directly planning for climate impacts and incorporating climate adaptation into its existing policies and programs. This page provides an overview of the steps California is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change. LEARN MORE

California’s cap-and-trade system was designed to please Big Oil. That may be all it does.—DECEMBER 13, 2018 California has approved some of the world’s most ambitious carbon-reduction targets. But now it must design and implement a system of emission reductions that can meet its aggressive 2030 target. If it designs a system that fails, California will go from an inspiration to a cautionary tale. READ MORE

MARCH 21, 2018 Climate scientists forecast hotter and drier conditions for the state as the climate crisis continues. Wildfires have become more frequent and more severe in the last few decades. Our 840 miles of coastline face major flood risks as sea levels rise. There are numerous health consequences from drought, wildfires, and coastal flooding. LEARN MORE

The Nation—FEBRUARY 13, 2017 In America’s greenest state, the industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation. It wins more than you think.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, DC. The Center’s Elizabeth Hernandez and Jim Morris contributed to this story. READ MORE

The Climate Action Team (CAT) members work to coordinate statewide efforts to implement global warming emission reduction programs and the state’s Climate Adaptation Strategy. The CAT members are state agency secretaries and the heads of agency, boards and departments, led by the Secretary of Cal/EPA. LEARN MORE

JUNE 2013 UCS presented a public forum in June 2013, hosted by California State Senator Carol Liu and with a keynote address by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, that examined the climate impacts Southern California can expect in coming years and how insurers, policymakers and consumers can work together to identify the best methods to strengthen our resilience to the impacts of climate change. LEARN MORE

The Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is one of the first managed retreat projects in California. Developed in response to coastal erosion during the early 1990s, the project serves as a model of sustainable shoreline management in the era of rising seas. The project design was developed in collaboration with the Surfers Point Working Group, which includes the City of Ventura and local organizations.

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