Bolstering California and China’s economic and environmental partnership, Governor Brown Jr. today co-chaired the third U.S.-China Governors Forum, met with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China and announced the first Chinese province – Sichuan – to sign on to the under the 2 MOU climate agreement.
“We at the local level have the responsibility and the power and the opportunity to take very bold and creative initiatives. In order to really get at the threat of climate change, everyone has to do whatever they can,” said Governor Brown following his meeting with Chinese President Xi. “I don’t want to underestimate the challenges. The world is not on track yet to deal with climate change. We have to make a turn. We have to make some very heroic decisions.”
Governor Brown had long announced his intention to visit China, open a trade and investment office and form a China-California Joint Task Force to drive more collaboration, investment and trade between California and China.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr., will deliver keynote remarks at an event hosted by the United Nations Environment Program and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition on short-lived climate pollutants and later convene new global signatories to the Under 2 MOU climate agreement at a signing ceremony in New York.
Governor Jerry Brown of California is warning about mass migration of residence trying to leave drought stricken areas of the state.
Brown said in a political statement, “Science indicates what we need to do, and I don’t feel any different.”
The governor warned mass migration now occurring in Europe will happen in California as migrants from southern and Central America will seek to enter the United States to avoid drought and sea level increases that have decimated low lying areas along the coast.
“We have a chance to minimize this significantly,” Brown said. “But it takes real commitment and no business as usual.”
Brown continued to talk about how there are others who discount climate change and the effects of green house gases on weather patterns that can push cold air further away from inland areas, causing drought along with increased rain storms inland causing dangerous flooding conditions, causing dramatic downpours that would regularly be spread throughout a larger area.
Governor Brown was delivering his sentiment on a report produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to the IPCC, “Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history.” The report continues to state, “Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”
The report by the IPCC warns, “The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen.” With increased air pollution since the 1950’s, the increase of temperatures has been steadily increasing with the increase of industrialization and mechanization of automobiles and factories failing to offset green house gas emissions.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. earlier this month requested Presidential major disaster declarations for the state following the Valley Fire and Butte Fire, which have scorched more than 145,000 acres, taken lives and destroyed thousands of homes and structures.
According to the Governor’s Office, “The Valley Fire has burned over 75,111 acres and is already considered the fourth most destructive wildfire in California history. The state has already verified the destruction of 1,238 homes. More than 19,300 residents were ordered to evacuate and several hundred survivors remain in eight shelters.”