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AM Alert: Sea-level rise prompts Coastal Commission action

In this Jan. 24, 2015 photo, a scientist takes notes in Robert Island, South Shetland Islands archipelago, Antarctica. Scientists believe the melting of Antarctic glaciers as a consequence of global warming contributes to rising sea levels.
In this Jan. 24, 2015 photo, a scientist takes notes in Robert Island, South Shetland Islands archipelago, Antarctica. Scientists believe the melting of Antarctic glaciers as a consequence of global warming contributes to rising sea levels. AP

The California Coastal Commission today will consider adopting recommendations – aimed at local governments and development planners – for dealing with sea level rise.

The commission, which controls development along the state’s coastline, has proposed a “policy guidance” to warn planners and people proposing projects about how sea level rise might affect planning in the future. Higher sea levels could mean projects will have less space to work with and bring more of an impact on habitats and other resources on the coastline.

The proposed guidance is, in part, modeled after the California Natural Resources Agency’s “Safeguarding California Plan,” which lays out ways to protect wildlife and prepare emergency responders for the possible effects of climate change.

VALLEY RENEWABLES: Legislators and industry executives will meet at Fresno State today for a summit to discuss clean energy in the San Joaquin Valley. The summit starts at 9 a.m. in the north gymnasium.

Rhonda Mills, who is organizing the summit, says the valley has many opportunities for renewables, including crop waste that can be used for biofuels.

Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced will join Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres and a representative from the governor’s office at the event.

Part two of Charles Piller’s look at the suspicious death of Jerome Lackner is in the printed Bee this morning. Read all five parts online now.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, who is 28.

Andrew Holzman: 916-326-5545, @andrewlholzman

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