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This fire season has revealed the reality that more people are choosing to live in fire prone areas in California—raising the stakes of the worsening wildfire season. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with a University of Redlands associate professor of ecnomics who says affordable housing is not only an essential solution for fighting wildfires but for addressing climate change.

The California Workforce Development Board today submitted a new report to the California Legislature to guide the state’s transition to a carbon-neutral economy.   

The report is mandated by Assembly Bill 398, the California Global Warming Solutions Act.

It presents recommendations on how to transition the state off of fossil fuels and towards clean energy while supporting workers.


In the spring, as COVID-19 halted the economy, automobile use plummeted. And so did greenhouse gas emissions. Now, a whitepaper from the University of California Riverside's(U.C.R.) Center for Economic Forecasting and Development says this will not last and, instead, California’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions may be out of reach. 

You may hear the word “sustainability” used a lot when talking about climate change, but what about “resilience?” KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke with the authors of the new book “Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption” about what it means to be resilient in the face of climate change.

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The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act.

Joshua trees, which are native to the Mojave Desert, are threatened by climate change and habitat destruction.

Brendan Cummings is the Center for Biological Diversity’s conservation director and a Joshua tree resident.

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Joshua trees have inhabited the Southern California deserts for millions of years, and individual trees can live up to 300 years. Now, a new report from the University of California, Riverside claims that the famous trees could lose virtually all of their habitat to climate change by the end of the century. KVCR's Benjamin Purper took a trip to the desert to find out more.

In 60 years, the climate in cities across the U.S. could shift drastically.  As Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains, now there's a web tool to see how your city could change.


Two prominent American leaders on climate change are laying out a path for the nation to meet its Paris Climate Agreement goals, in spite of President Trump's vow to withdraw.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Thousands of activists, researchers, and scientists are gathering in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra DAvid Romero has a preview.

In San Francisco today (Wednesday), the nation's first-ever curt hearing on the science of climate change will take place.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains.

Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in the state by up to 40 percent by 2050. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on research that suggests warming temperatures are altering the world of agriculture.

Half of California's vegetation is at risk of dying because of warming temperatures, according to new UC Davis research.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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Caltrans is exploring how the future effects of climate change could impact the state's highways.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown is telling the U.N. Climate Conference that Americans are reducing their carbon footprint, in spite of President Donald Trump rejecting the Paris climate deal.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

Coastal Communities suing big oil companies over climate change face a tough fight in California courts. Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on challenges Marin and San Mateo Counties as well as the city of Imperial Beach might be taking on.

California Governor Jerry Brown is planning a Climate Action Summit in 2018 bringing partners together from around the country and the world in support of the Paris Agreement.  KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this story from CPRN.

While the Trump administration has promised to cut back on efforts to fight climate change, California is part of a coalition of state and local governments around the globe that vow to continue the fight against global warming.  More in this story from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford.

A new report says climate change has led to double the number of acres burned in forest fires since 1984.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

The "Governator" returned to Sacramento yesterday.  Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined current Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic climate change law that's considered a main part of his legacy.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

California will further slash greenhouse gas emissions after Gov. Jerry Brown singed legislation yesterday (Thursday) to extend the nation's most ambitious climate change law.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, Brown hopes it sends a message across the country.

At the Democratic Convention last week Governor Jerry Brown reiterated California's vision for fighting climate change. But things are not moving quickly if at all. Ben Adler reports from Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.

There will be a significant California presence at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris this week.  In addition to Governor Jerry Brown, the state's legislative leaders are each taking delegations, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Mountain meadows, a crucial part of California's ecosystem have almost disappeared. They act like natural reservoirs, storing and cleaning water. Meadows may also provide another benefit - capturing greenhouse gases. In this report from Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton, scientists are trying to discover if restoring meadows can play a small part in combating climate change.

Governor Jerry Brown is a champion of environmental regulations.  Recently he's pointed to the influx of refugees into Europe as something California might experience because of climate change.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has some reactions.

Governor Jerry Brown's priority legislative push to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California has run into a roadblock in the state Senate.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California is already dealing with the effects of climate change.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, scientists and policy experts are discussing how to better manage and adapt to those changes during a conference in Sacramento this week.

Climate change is playing a part in California's drought.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, research released yesterday [Thursday] suggests global warming is making the drought worse.

Communities up and down the coast are grappling with the potential effects of rising sea levels.  Now the California Coastal Commission is providing some guidance.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on action taken yesterday [Wednesday].

President Obama says it is time for the U.S. to get serious about climate change, but long-time observers say California law and policymakers have been enacting tough environmental laws for years. Katie Orr brings this report from Capital Public Radio.

Climate change has clearly caught the attention of Californians. A new poll shows wide support for the state's current and future efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. From Capital Public Radio - Ben Adler reports.