Gov. Jerry Brown keeps pressing on the perils of climate change

California Gov. Jerry Brown is one of the most vocal politicians about the dangers of climate change. In December 2011, he convened a summit at the California Academy of Sciences that began with a blistering attack on libertarians, the Republican party and others who deny that climate change is underway despite overwhelming scientific evidence. In California, the effects of climate change are already being felt. The state is experiencing more rain than snow, and when it does snow it melts sooner, putting increased pressure on the state’s critical levee system. There are a higher number of extreme heat days, with public health effects on the elderly, farm workers, infants and other vulnerable populations.

On Thursday, Brown will join more than 500 scientists in another Call to Action on Climate Change at Sustainable Silicon Valley’s fourth annual Water, Energy and Smart Technology (WEST) Summit and Showcase at the NASA Ames Research Center.

According to a press release about the event, the call to action will cover five key issues, including climate disruption, extinctions, ecosystem transformation, pollution and population growth and consumption.

Climate change is taking on growing urgency since scientist at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii reported that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 400 parts per million, a long-feared milestone.

The event kicks off with a session entitled “Scope of the Challenges We Face,” in which world-renowned climate scientists and economists lay out the facts of the current state of the planet, likely scenarios for change and the types of impacts that our society and economy face in the short, medium and long term.

For more information on the WEST Summit, go to http://www.sustainablesv.org/content/west-summit.

 

 

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