- "Climate change is one of the biggest issues of this generation…And we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits.” President Obama
- "It's time for courage, it's time for creativity and it's time for boldness to tackle climate change." Governor Brown
Climate change poses an immediate and growing threat to California’s economy, environment, and to public health. California’s groundbreaking efforts are helping reduce greenhouse gases emissions, which are warming the planet. The state is also taking action to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, including the increased likelihood of both flooding and drought.
CA Renewable Energy Project Installation
Source: CA Energy Commission.
While California is taking action, some of those who oppose the move to renewable energy and cleaner transportation have mischaracterized the science of climate change in an effort to create artificial uncertainty about the existence and causes of climate change. For more information about California efforts, and to find out what you can do to help, please visit the Climate Change Portal. To learn more about climate change, we invite you to visit "Climate Changers": an innovative video initiative to share hot lessons and cool solutions.
The fact is that on the key issues, the science is clear: climate change is real and happening now; human-made greenhouse gas emissions are affecting our planet; and we need to take action. Just as we reached a point where we stopped debating whether cigarette smoke causes cancer, we need to end the climate change debate and focus on how to solve the problem.
New Report Finds that Climate Warming is Unequivocal
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Summary for Policymakers for the Fifth Assessment in September 2013. The report finds that evidence of warming is “unequivocal” and that it is “extremely likely” that human influence has been the dominant cause of that warming. The latest observations illustrate the changes that are already underway. The observations show: increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, rising air and ocean water temperatures, declines in the extent of arctic ice, and declining pH in ocean waters.
Visit here for a slideshow showing some of the key findings from the report.
We have compiled the key facts about climate science, the expert consensus, and some of the common arguments from and responses to those who spread doubt and confusion to prevent action: