California Climate Change News
Stories in this feed are from newspapers in California courtesy of Environmental Health News.
The Arctic's sea ice is shrinking, Greenland's ice cover is melting faster, areas of once-frozen tundra in Alaska are alive with plant growth, and wildfires during Southern summer heat waves are carrying soot to darken northern snowfields and speed the melting.
Ice sheets at both of Earth's poles are melting rapidly, and the rate of loss has increased since the 1990s, a new NASA-sponsored study shows. The study involved 47 scientists from around the world, including two UC Irvine ice experts, Eric Rignot and Isabella Velicogna.
California's aggressive plans to build a clean-energy economy could mean higher energy prices for consumers and businesses, according to a report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission.
Billed as the "first comprehensive environmental sustainability plan," the goal of the 85-page report is to bring attention to environmental issues during the upcoming mayoral and City Council election debates, researchers said.
California officials need to add up the costs of all the state's clean-energy policies before adopting any more, according to a report issued Monday by a government oversight agency.
The state is trying to lead the country, if not the world, toward a dramatic reduction in the emission of the greenhouse gasses that scientists say are responsible for global warming.
In a historic, largely overlooked environmental shift, California's voters triggered a multibillion-dollar tidal wave of new green spending when they overwhelmingly passed Proposition 39.
Almost a year after San Jose enacted one of the nation's farthest-reaching bans on disposable plastic carryout bags, city officials are citing a dramatic drop in litter and setting their sights on eliminating polystyrene foam to-go boxes starting in 2014.
Among the revenue that will strengthen California's general fund this year is cash from the state's new cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse-gas emissions - about half a billion dollars. But officials may be legally barred from spending much of that money.
California's new cap-and-trade system uses the power of markets to fight global warming. But as Californians know all too well, markets can be manipulated.