New report shows rapidly accelerating effects of climate change, demonstrates importance of state actions – OEHHA

by | Nov 1, 2022 | Climate Change

Nov 1, 2022ContactsCalEPA: Erin Curtis, (916) 324-9670OEHHA: Amy Gilson (916) 764-0955

For Immediate Release 

Governor Newsom’s California Climate Commitment, other world-leading climate actions must continue to protect human health, the environment, and Tribes.

Report findings detail escalation of climate crisis – half of state’s largest wildfires in past 70 years occurred in just two years, the last two decades have been the driest in past millennium, California glaciers rapidly disappearing, and temperatures up 2.5 degrees since 1895.

SACRAMENTO – Ahead of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), California state scientists have released a new report that shows how the impacts of climate change are rapidly accelerating in California. Key findings illustrate an exponential increase in wildfires and point to a hotter, drier environment driven by megadrought. The report’s release follows a summer of record-breaking heat, during which the West Coast broke nearly 1,000 temperature records during a 10-day heat wave.

CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment today released the fourth edition of its Indicators of Climate Change in California Report, documenting the wide-ranging impacts that global fossil fuel reliance has had on the state’s weather, water supplies, plants and animals, and human health, including Tribes.

This past summer, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a slate of aggressive climate measures that will accelerate California’s transition to a carbon-neutral economy while protecting people in California from pollution and holding companies responsible for their pollution. This package adds to the $54 billion California Climate Commitment, with more investments to protect people from the impacts of climate change and transition to clean energy and jobs. This plan will:

Create 4 million new jobs
Cut air pollution by 60%
Reduce state oil consumption by 91%
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