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Report: Climate Change Already Having Major Impacts on California


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Smoke obscures the sun as a fire-fighting helicopter heads to the Mountain Fire on July 18, 2013 near Idyllwild.
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Smoke obscures the sun as a fire-fighting helicopter heads to the Mountain Fire on July 18, 2013 near Idyllwild.

Climate change poses an "immediate and growing threat" to California's water, vegetation and wildlife according to a report released Thursday by the state's Environmental Protection Agency. The report outlines the current effects, which include increased wildfires, rising sea levels along the California coasts and migration of plants and animals to higher elevations. We discuss the study, and examine state efforts to address the climate challenge.

Host: Penny Nelson

Guests:

  • Christopher Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, professor of biology and environmental Earth system science at Stanford University and co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Craig Miller, science editor for KQED
  • Matt Rodriquez, California secretary for environmental protection

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