Guest Blogger Ken Alex: Resilience and Adaptation

[This is the seventh post in a series expressing my view of why California’s actions on climate change are so important and how they will change the world. The introductory post provides an overview and some general context.] Climate change has arrived.  Our fire season never ends; we no longer know if we will have a rainy season or how much rain is now normal; our beaches are eroding; temperatures are rising; fog and wind patterns are changing.  More is on the way.  We can reduce the impacts by cutting emissions, but we need to deal with the consequences of what we have already emitted.  That is the idea of resilience and adaptation. There is no clear demarcation between mitigation (reduction of emissions) and resilience.  For example, resilience involves the use of low emission building materials, building on in-fill sites and preserving agricultural lands.  Those actions also reduce emissions. Safeguarding California is the…

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