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(Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a $ 15 billion plan that will fund drought and climate change programs in the state after a devastating wildfire season.
Newsom has signed 24 bills focused on climate and clean energy efforts, droughts and forest fire preparedness, his office said in a statement on Thursday, describing the funding as the biggest climate package in the world. California history.
Most of the package, $ 5.2 billion, will go to fund emergency drought relief projects and expand California’s water supplies. The package includes $ 3.7 billion to address the risks of climate change, investing in projects that will mitigate extreme heat and tackle the threat of sea level rise.
About $ 1.5 billion will be used to prevent the risk of forest fires in forests, the Newsom office statement said.
This month, President Joe Biden renewed his call for significant investments to fight climate change as he visited California and took an aerial tour of areas affected by one of the nation’s worst fire seasons.
California typically experiences its peak fire season in late summer and fall. The state is poised to see more of its landscape ablaze this year than last year, which was the worst year on record for the state.
Man-made climate change has intensified the drought in the southwestern United States, the most severe on record in the region, with rainfall at the lowest documented 20-month level since 1895, a US government report.
During the same period, from January 2020 to August 2021, the region also experienced the third highest daily mean temperatures measured since record keeping began in the late 19th century, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. .
The report warned that conditions of extreme drought are likely to worsen and repeat themselves “until rigorous climate mitigation is continued and regional warming trends are reversed.”
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru. Editing by Gerry Doyle)
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