California is the nation's largest agricultural producer, with an output of $44.7 billion last year. The agricultural industry is a critical component of the Californian economy and it is the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to climate change. Agricultural production is directly linked to climate and therefore will likely be affected by climate change. At the same time agriculture and food consumption are important drivers of environmental pressures, including greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the impacts of climate change for California's agriculture and natural resources is paramount for the industry and for policy purposes.
The conference will bring together leading economists, analysts, scientists and policy makers from University of California, the state government, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss the potential impacts of climate change and the associated challenges to California agriculture and natural resources. The speakers and panelists will provide comprehensive, objective, and up-to-date information of the likely impacts of climate change on California's agricultural economy and its natural resources.
"The Science of Climate Change: Implications for California"
Climate Risk and California Agriculture
"California's Response to Climate Change: Issues and Challenges"
Will Adaptation Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change?
Effects of Climate Change on California's Water Supply
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