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AM Alert: Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Vatican City to speak on climate change

Faithful fill St. Peter's Square to attend a Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Vatican, Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Faithful fill St. Peter's Square to attend a Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Vatican, Sunday, March 29, 2015. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown is en route to the Vatican City.

Once there, he will speak on climate change at the Vatican Symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, the two-day event will foster conversations on climate change as well as human trafficking, which Pope Francis also mentioned in his encyclical last month.

The meetings with the pope, United Nations representatives, and worldwide mayors and governors are taking place months before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where global leaders will decide whether to approve 17 sustainable development goals. The goals would address poverty, human trafficking, climate change and jobs.

Last week at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Brown, a keynote speaker, rallied support for carbon reduction policies and warned that the consequences from unaddressed global warming could be severe. In April, he targeted greenhouse gas reduction in an executive order that aims to reduce 1990 emission levels by 40 percent in 15 years. Brown, who has expressed his determination to address climate change during his last term as governor, has faced criticism from environmentalists for supporting hydraulic fracking.

ON THE ROAD: California is the 24th state on a tour by Nate Hudson, a representative of the Allstate Insurance Ride for Awareness campaign, to promote motorcycle safety.

As Hudson journeys across the United States on an Indian Roadmaster, he’ll ask the state DMV to add information about sharing the road with motorcycles to its driver’s curriculum. Hudson is documenting his cross-country trip of more than 17,000 miles with black and white photography.

The event is at noon on the west side of Capitol.

DISABLED STUDENTS: The CA Community College Board of Governors will consider revising the Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) by adding three new disability categories, along with updating language and staffing requirements.

One of the proposed changes is to add a new category for autism spectrum.

The meeting is at noon at 1102 Q Street.

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