Scientists urge California to boost target for cutting emissions

California is on track to cut carbon dioxide and other gases to 1990 levels by 2020. The scientists urge adoption of emission caps for 2030 and beyond.

Tony Barboza | LA Times | Link to article

A group of California scientists Wednesday urged state lawmakers to adopt a steeper target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

“California’s leadership is needed now more than ever to address the risks of a dangerously warming climate,” the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a letter signed by more than 100 scientists, researchers and economists and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators.

The state is on track to meet its obligation to cut carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to 1990 levels by 2020, according to the California Air Resources Board. But in a report last week, the agency recommended setting an interim target to ensure the state is on a path to reach its loftier goal of slashing emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

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