Thinking Globally When Acting Locally: How Will CEQA Adapt to A Changing Environment?


Imagine California in the year 2100. Dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat-related illnesses are crippling residents of Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino. The Sierra-Nevada snowpack has declined by more than 70 percent - eliminating snow-related recreational activities, and hampering hydropower generation. A combination of rising sea levels and decreased snowmelt has restricted California's supply of fresh drinking water. Wine grapes are ripening faster, milk production is reduced, pests and pathogens are invading California's farmland, and forest productivity has declined.

If the California Climate Center is correct, these scenarios could become a reality, and land development as we know it could some to a screeching halt.

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