has set precedents in pollution control for 40 years, but
now California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
(AB32), the world’s first comprehensive government
program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent
by 2020, has catapulted California into an even greater
leadership role. Today, California leads the nation in the
fight against global warming, and the state’s Climate
Change portal is a window on this landmark campaign to
help our planet.
California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA); the
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; the
Department of Food and Agriculture; the Resources Agency;
the Air Resources Board; the California Energy Commission;
and the Public Utilities Commission, among other state
agencies, add research and resources related to reducing
global warming emissions to the Climate
Change portal. It’s an excellent place to which
library workers can point customers seeking information
about global warming, “living green,”
environment-related news, and more.
the portal’s webmaster, says California’s
comprehensive multi-agency site reflects climate
change’s effect on almost every sector of the economy.
“Information related to agriculture, forestry and urban
forestry, transportation, energy (including electricity
and natural gas) is there so people don’t have to
jump all over,” Aldrich says. The site prominently
features an interactive calendar with all the state’s
climate change meetings. It consolidates sign-ups for
climate change list servers. It links to explanations on
what caused climate change, what the state is doing about
it, and what new research is happening.
content is so inclusive, diverse web visitors are finding
California’s one-stop website helpful. Aldrich reports
that scientists, students, legislative staff members,
journalists, policy analysts, and curious members of the
public have all used the site and liked its information
options. The website’s newsroom combines all the
state’s press releases related to climate change, a good
tool for library workers helping people with research.
action - Cool California
and more Californians are becoming aware that virtually
everything they do results in the release of greenhouse
gases into the atmosphere, mostly in the form of carbon
dioxide. They want to reduce their “carbon footprint”
in their daily lives or, in the popular vernacular, “go
green.” The website’s Take
Action page is an excellent spot for these people to
start searching. Here visitors find plain language tips on
saving energy at home, going solar, purchasing green
products, educating kids, and even eco-friendly traveling.
California.org, an innovative carbon calculator that
helps California households, individuals and communities
evaluate their climate-related performance so they can
make more informed decisions about lessening their impact
on our environment. The California Air Resources Board,
the California Energy Commission, the Berkeley Institute
of the Environment, the Renewable and Appropriate Energy
Laboratory at U.C. Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, and Next 10 collaborate on Cool
California.org. Aldrich says the team is
“beefing-up” the site, and in fall 2008 Cool
California.org will release a new, more advanced
calculator which includes additional tools and links to
help visitors reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.
we owe our children”
Arnold Schwarzenegger signed
AB32 in 2006, he said the law, which requires the
equivalent of 14 million cars and their destructive fumes
will be removed from California roads, “is something we
owe our children and our grandchildren."
California’s climate change portal is part of the
movement toward that change, toward preserving the
delicate environment for future generations. As people who
work in California libraries deepen their already superior
service to the people of California, they may wish to add
California’s climate change portal to their cadre of
information tools. It’s good for customers, for the
state, and for the planet.
information about the climate change portal and climate
change resources in California, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org.