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Collins, Governor Brown Talk Climate Change

Source:  Bill Collins, and Dan Hawkes

In a meeting at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles this past Monday (June 15, 2015), California Governor Jerry Brown said that California's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can be a model when global leaders meet this year to try and fashion a universal agreement to combat climate change.

Collins_gov_brownAt the meeting was a United Nations delegation led by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). LBNL-EESA Climate Sciences Head Bill Collins also attended, along with five other scientists, at the request of Governor Brown. The meeting focused on the importance of California's efforts with regard to international climate negotiations, the scientific consensus on climate change, and specific impacts to California due to climate change.

All agreed that the need for action on climate change is urgent. As Governor Brown said, “Catastrophe lurks around the corner. I am afraid most people aren't listening, don't appreciate it, or don't believe it."

Turning to the displays at the museum, the Governor added, “I’ve called you here to look at these dinosaurs that you might reflect on your own thinking, which is becoming increasingly obsolete, as we have to confront climate change.”

Meeting Participants:

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board; Tony Barnosky, UC Berkeley; Dan Cayan, UC San Diego; Bill Collins, Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley; Liz Hadly, Stanford University; Veerabhadran Ramanathan, UC San Diego; Ben Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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