Climate Change Poses ‘Immediate’ Threat to California

There are many reasons—rooted in culture, politics, and economy—that California has become a leader in the fight against global warming.
One reason is increasingly obvious: The people who live there are being hit harder than ever by the costly effects of climate change.
"From record temperatures to proliferating wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California's environment, public health, and economic vitality," a comprehensive state climate change assessment issued Wednesday by the California Environmental Protection Agency says.