The effects of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, such as global climate change, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, are projected to cause significant impacts to the environment and natural resources of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. These effects are likely to undercut many of our region’s hard-won environmental conservation gains, cause extinctions of local plants and animals, and produce devastating changes to our coastline. Furthermore, alterations of the weather patterns and ocean systems we depend on for agriculture, fisheries, tourism and other important activities are likely to directly impact our economy. Climate change will affect us all.
Halting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is the overarching, and foremost priority to curtail this looming crisis. At the same time, there is an urgent need to build environmental resilience to these changes, by protecting and restoring habitats and wildlife migration corridors, restoring biodiversity, and developing adaptation strategies so that governments and communities are not caught off guard by the predicted changes.
EDC is at the forefront of achieving progress in both of these areas. We apply state and federal law to ensure that offshore and onshore developments do not emit harmful greenhouse gas pollution, and work to support appropriately sited renewable energy production and energy efficiency. Simultaneously, EDC works with local governments, agencies, other community organizations and the public to advance local climate change impact research, planning, and mitigation.
Helping to avert the climate crisis is integrated into all that we do. Following are a sample of EDC projects that have directly addressed climate change issues in our area. You can also search our website for additional EDC comments and studies that examine greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
Ocean Acidification and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
CINMS Ocean Acidification Report (PDF link, 1.7MB)
Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from an Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal
LNG Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the Cabrillo Deepwater Port: Natural Gas from Australia to California (PDF link, 1.8MB)
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