Resolving climate change is one of the most compelling and complex challenges of our time. Our changing climate is disrupting nature’s perfect balance and threatens the very resources which sustain us all.
We are already witnessing profound impacts from changes in temperature and precipitation:
Deforestation, which produces more carbon than all planes, trains and cars worldwide, is responsible for approximately 15 percent of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere each year. Over 25,000 acres of redwood, pine and oak forests are lost each year in California alone.
Even if we eliminated all greenhouse gas emissions today, our climate will experience profound alterations. Experts project that by the year 2050, San Francisco’s climate will feel much like Los Angeles’ and Los Angeles’ climate will feel much like Bakersfield’s.
We are making significant progress in California to safeguard the health and prosperity of our residents. The Nature Conservancy is integrating innovative conservation solutions with policy recommendations to achieve three critical goals:
The Conservancy’s conservation expertise coupled with science-based policy recommendations positions us well to face the challenges climate change will bring. Together with public and private partners we are developing comprehensive, nature-based programs to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and manage the statewide effects of climate-related changes.
In California, we are:
March 14, 2013