Ken Loman is a policy consultant for the California Climate
Action Network, a program of the Institute for Local Government
(ILG), and can be reached at email@example.com. Charles
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article: Betsy Strauss, special counsel to the League; Beth
Gabor, public information officer, Yolo County; Jill Boone,
sustainability consultant to the City of San Mateo; and Nancy
McKeever, PLACE3S program manager, California Energy Commission.
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An increasing body of scientific research links greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions with rising land and ocean temperatures, changes
in storm and rainfall patterns, seasonal temperature variations,
rising sea levels and other evidence of climate change.