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Climate change is focus of workshop at UC Merced

The California Natural Resources Agency plans to discuss climate risks and updates to state strategies during a meeting at UC Merced on Thursday.

The forum on CNRA’s proposed updates to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy is scheduled for 10a.m. to 3p.m. in the California Room at UC Merced, 5200 N. Lake Road.

The meeting is an open forum and is open to the public, according to a press release.

The CNRA, working with partners and stakeholders, developed the 2009 strategy, one of the nation’s first plans to prepare for risks presented by climate change.

Scientific research from the state’s climate change assessment program shows that preparing for risks such as wildfire, flooding and extreme heat can save lives, build more resilient communities and substantially reduce the risk of economic losses, the release stated.

In 2012, the state completed a major climate change assessment that provided additional new scientific information about climate risks in California. The assessment included more than 30 peer-reviewed papers on a wide variety of topics, according to the release.

The release said the 2009 strategy is being updated to incorporate new information and advances in climate science and management responses and to highlight additional opportunities for preparing for climate risks and building more resilient communities.

An agenda and presentation materials will be posted on the CNRA website at http://resources.ca.gov/climate_adaptation.

For questions regarding the UC Merced meeting, contact Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Amber Pairis at (916)653-6333 or via email at Amber.Pairis@resources.ca.gov.

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