California Climate Adaptation Strategy
In 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed Executive Order S-13-08, requesting the Natural Resources Agency to determine how state agencies can respond to climate change. As a result, the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy was developed, summarizing current climate change adaptation strategies that California agencies can adopt. The report notes that, in order for these adaptation strategies to effectively minimize negative health effects, there needs to be:
- Increased awareness of potential climate change-related public health impacts
- Improved surveillance and monitoring of climate risks and related outcomes
- Maintenance of a robust public health infrastructure
- Expanded research on the health impacts of climate
- Healthy, equitable, and resilient communities that can mitigate and respond to climate change and protect vulnerable populations
Climate change adaptation requires a collaborative effort, and there are already steps being taking in California to address these issues. A variety of tasks are needed, from researching the impacts of climate change to designing long-term plans for addressing these impacts. See how Tracking California has contributed to advancing the knowledge of climate change and public health impacts.