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California’s ambitious climate plan is a wake-up call for the rest of the US

California's ambitious climate plan is a wake-up call for the rest of the US

California unveils plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2045; carbon emissions set to grow

California has launched one of the most ambitious climate action plans in the world.

In a move that threatens to worsen the state’s already severe water woes, the governor unveiled a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

But while the plan shows how far California has come in the past decade, it is also a wake-up call for the other major US states to confront the looming reality of an ever-smothering climate crisis.

The plan has been called “the most aggressive and comprehensive climate plan in the world” by environmental campaigners and experts.

But the plan is also a stark reminder of how California’s history of water rights and conservation, and a legacy of a centuries-long gold rush that saw its population surge from about 100,000 to more than two million, have kept it from achieving this milestone.

And it highlights the perils of a growing population which is projected to top 9.5% by 2050, according to the US Census.

In 2010, California had a population of about 5 million people. Within two decades it will have a population nearing 9 million to accommodate the expected growth of the state’s economy and population.

It is the state that is also increasingly facing water shortages and increasingly at risk of failing to preserve its natural resources for future generations.

So, are Californians ready to embrace such ambitious goals?

A new poll suggests that they are.

“I think people are starting to see that climate change does impact their lives and livelihoods, and really is something that they should be concerned with,” says John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of earth system science and environmental policy at the University of Florida School of Environment and Science and an expert on water policy.

The new plan also has the backing of business leaders who have been lobbying politicians and regulators to make California’s emissions goals mainstream.

“We’re here to do a job for California, and what we want to do is make sure it’s done properly,” said Rob Reiner, chair of the California Energy Commission and a board member of the California Climate Leadership Council, at a

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