Category: Climate Change


CDPH to Convene COVID-19 and Climate Crisis Webinar

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced it will convene the Public Health Workgroup of the California Climate Action Team (CAT-PHWG) for a meeting on lessons learned from COVID-19 equity actions and how they can be leveraged to strengthen climate action planning and community resilience. The meeting will occur on Tuesday, November 30…

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Newsom Expands Drought Emergency Statewide

On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation adding jurisdictions to the drought state of emergency and requiring local water suppliers to implement water shortage contingency plans. The Governor’s proclamation adds eight counties not previously included in drought state of emergency issued earlier this summer: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San…

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TFAH Launches Climate Change Case Studies Series

This week, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) launched a new series of case studies examining efforts by states and localities in conceptualizing and implementing climate change adaptation programs that are focused on equity. The case series follows a December 2020 TFAH and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Report, “Climate Change & Health:…

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Governor Calls on State to Voluntarily Conserve Water, Expands Drought Emergency to Additional Counties

Governor Gavin Newsom, speaking from San Luis Obispo County on Thursday, announced his Administration has added nine counties to the regional drought state of emergency and called on state residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent compared to 2020 levels. Recall, Governor Newsom earlier this spring issued a regional drought emergency for…

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Governor Expands Drought Emergency to 41 Total Counties

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom expanded his recent regional drought emergency proclamation to encompass the Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and Tulare Lake Watershed counties to accelerate action to protect public health, safety, and the environment. In light of this week’s announcement, 41 counties are now under a drought state of emergency, representing 30 percent…

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Newsom Outlines Actions to Respond to Drought, Issues Regional Emergency

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Russian River watershed in Sonoma and Mendocino counties where water reservoirs are at record lows to announce a series of immediate actions to bolster the state’s drought resilience and prepare for widespread drought-related impacts. Among other actions, Governor Newsom directed state agencies to work with regional and local…

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Newsom Issues Directive to Phase Out Oil Extraction in California, Including Fracking

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom directed the California Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division to initiate regulatory action to end the issuance of new permits for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state by January 2024. The Governor additionally requested the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to analyze strategies to phase out oil extraction…

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Newsom Administration Announces Series of Climate Change-Related Initiatives

This week, the Newsom Administration marked Climate Week 2020 by announcing a series of new climate change-related initiatives. Below, we summarize some of the most notable actions: Zero Emissions Vehicles by 2035 Among the actions, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-79-20 requiring the sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emissions by 2035…

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