Global warming is already impacting California in devastating ways. In 2018, wildfires ravaged the state, with the deadliest wildfire in history, the Camp Fire, killing at least 85 people, and the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, the Mendocino Complex, burning almost half a million acres. For nearly seven years, the state has been experiencing a drought, which has greatly impacted agriculture and water resources. At the same time, rising sea levels threaten coastal communities with flooding, erosion and mudslides.
The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that we as a nation need to develop strategies right away to mitigate the effects of climate change, or face increasingly dire consequences.
More than 150 community leaders from 41 states across the continental United States and its territories are voicing their support for 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Environment America’s Voices for 100% Renewable Energy project, launched in 2017, highlights the personal stories of community leaders from across the country who believe that powering our lives entirely with clean, renewable energy is necessary, feasible and urgent.
More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state have signed on to Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities.
For the second year in a row, people who live near the U.S. Capitol are using a creative method to ask one of their neighbors, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to better protect public lands. Nearly 150 Capitol Hill residents have put up lawn signs imploring Secretary Zinke to “Get With the Program” and save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The window of opportunity is quickly shrinking to take bold action to slow global warming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s most recent report, we have 12 years -- at most -- to drastically reduce pollution that is warming our atmosphere, and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In other words, we have until today’s first graders graduate high school to ensure a livable climate for future generations.
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