By Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Our state – our planet – is running a fever. Climate change is directly impacting our lives, our economy and our residents.
The fires raging across California are causing devastation on an unprecedented scale. Currently, 14,000 firefighters are battling 16 major fires, which have destroyed more than 2,000 homes and killed at least 10 people.
In the first half of 2017, the state experienced significant flooding. Damage to California roads alone exceeded $1 billion. Northern California had its wettest winter in almost a century. The flooding followed one of California’s worst droughts on record, a nearly six-year dry spell.
The common denominator? Climate change. Scientists have been warning us for decades to expect and prepare for the worst, as greenhouse gases lead to heat waves, droughts, floods and sea-level rise.
Read the full piece on The Sacramento Bee’s website: California plays a leading, effective role in confronting climate change