California’s big climate change opportunity: tropical forests (commentary)

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California Governor Jerry Brown has yet to seize one of California’s best opportunities to slow climate change: tropical forests. Governor Brown has the opportunity to unleash one of the world’s most cost-effective climate solutions using the global influence of California’s climate policies, increasing the impact of the Action Summit in the process. Governor Brown use California’s global influence to show governments of tropical forest regions that their efforts to slow deforestation and speed forest recovery will be recognized and rewarded. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily Mongabay. California Governor Jerry Brown has done nearly everything within his reach to solve climate change. When he hosts the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September, he can be rightly proud to showcase California’s achievements: bold climate legislation, a more fuel-efficient state vehicle fleet, and international partnerships to “decarbonize” economies around the world. But surprisingly, he has yet to seize one of California’s best opportunities to slow climate change: tropical forests. Governor Brown has the opportunity to unleash one of the world’s most cost-effective climate solutions using the global influence of California’s climate policies, increasing the impact of the Action Summit […]

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