Peter Gleick Joins Government, Business, and Academic Leaders to Discuss Progress on Groundbreaking California Climate Policies

Oakland, Calif.: September 8, 2014 – Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on climate and water issues, will participate on a panel at the “Global Climate Negotiations: Lessons from California” Symposium co-hosted by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute with the Air Resources Board and the R20 in Sacramento. The symposium – including participation from CalEPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez and Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown – will highlight California policies that have made the state a global leader in addressing the impacts of climate change, the progress of California’s efforts, and lessons learned.

Dr. Gleick will address the economic and social costs of climate change and why inaction will bring enormous costs to Californians As leaders from across the globe prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conferences COP20 and COP21, California’s leaders will gather to review the various policies that have placed California at the forefront of addressing climate change, and explore how to continue moving forward at reducing the threats of climate change.

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