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Climate Action Summit, Tracking and Testing Pot, “The Browns of California”

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San Francisco Hosts Global Climate Summit
Just days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring California’s energy sources to be completely clean and renewable by 2045, thousands of people gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. The three-day event, featuring politicians from around the world, CEOs from companies like Starbucks and Salesforce, and celebrities like Harrison Ford, was launched to show that cities, states, regions and industries are stepping up to meet the carbon-cutting targets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement despite the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back environmental protections.


  • Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle reporter
  • Daniel Kammen, UC Berkeley energy professor

Testing and Tracking California’s Cannabis
This week, the Associated Press reported that nearly 20 percent of California marijuana products failed tests to determine their potency and safety. Despite the safety and quality concerns, the laboratory tests for mildew, bacteria and THC concentrations offer an unprecedented look into cannabis in the regulated marketplace.  Meanwhile, California is ramping up its efforts to track and trace cannabis to monitor its movement through the supply chain, from farms to dispensaries.


  • David Downs, California bureau chief for Leafly.com
  • Josh Drayton, Spokesman for the California Cannabis Industry Association

“The Browns of California”
In the last 120 years, California has elected Democrats as governor just five times — and three of those times they have been from the same family. First Pat Brown, and then son Jerry Brown, reshaped and reinvented California. We talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel about her new book, “The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation.”


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