State Natural Resources Agency Releases California Climate Adaptation Strategy Draft

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California's Natural Resources Agency has released a comprehensive plan to guide adaptation to climate change. The 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy Discussion Draft summarizes the latest science on how climate change could impact the state and provides recommendations on how to manage against those threats in several sector areas. The release of the draft sets in motion a 45-day public comment period.

Recommendations in the draft include establishing a Climate Adaptation Advisory Panel to further address the state's climate change risk, and enhancing renewable energy through the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to achieve the proposed goal of obtaining 33% of the state's power from renewable resources by 2020 in ways that protect sensitive habitat.

By January 2010, a Web-based map and interactive Web site should be developed and regularly updated by the California Energy Commission, according to the draft.

Two public meetings will be held to discuss the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy Discussion Draft. The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details for the second meeting are not yet available.

SOURCE: California Natural Resources Agency

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