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For immediate release: March 2, 2005
Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Launches
New Global Climate Change Web Site

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission launched a new web site to assist Californians in understanding the complex subject of global climate change.

The web site is at: www.climatechange.ca.gov

The comprehensive web site combines previous Energy Commission web pages on climate change with links to other California state agencies and private entities that address the impacts that the approaching climatic phenomenon can have on California's resources, agriculture, ecosystems, forestry, water supply and its overall economy.

"California, the fifth largest economy in the world, is involved in a broad strategy in responding to climate change," said Energy Commissioner James D. Boyd. "Such a multi-pronged approach includes the continued development of California's renewable energy resources, further advancements in building and appliance energy efficiency standards, as well as the adherence and further growth of energy efficiency in our use of electricity, natural gas and transportation fuels. Moreover, California is the only state in the nation with a publicly funded climate change research effort."

"The magnitude of addressing the global climate change problem requires a multi-agency approach, and our state is committed to doing its part," commented CalEPA Secretary Alan Lloyd. "This web site provides businesses, scientists, and consumers with easy access to the state's greenhouse gas inventory, the virtual global climate change research center, and other important global climate change web sites."

On a regional level, the portal also showcases pronouncements and initiatives from the governors of California, Oregon and Washington. Recently the tri-state governors approved a series of recommendations by their staffs for common regional goals and strategies to combat global warming over the coming year.

The web site links to federal agencies, other state governments, international organizations, research groups, and most of the entities involved program and policy-wise in responding to climate change. These groups are involved in promoting energy and economic security and improving public health and safety, at the same time as efforts continue to decrease the perilous release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The web site serves as the home of the California Climate Change Center, the virtual nerve center of all ongoing global warming research under the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

Stressing an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to regional climate change research, the Center's core research activities are conducted at the University of California at Berkeley and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego. Berkeley focuses on economic and policy issues, while Scripps focuses on climate detection, analysis, and modeling.

Among the on-going projects include investigation of the effects of urban pollution in reducing snow and rainfall in the Central Valley.

The new web site will house papers detailing the results of PIER-funded and vetted research projects on climate change and will calendar all seminars and workshops meaningful to the state's effort on the subject.

As an added resource for professional researchers and students, the web site also features a glossary of terms used in global climate change.

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