Posted by Tim Dowling
Greenwire's Colin Sullivan has an interesting article explaining how litigation in California (among other things) is prompting planners to incorporate climate change into their planning decisions. Sullivan writes:
Land-use planners in California no longer see climate change as somebody else’s problem.
The proof is in the numbers. This year, 131 development projects requesting state approval under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) mentioned climate change as a significant factor in their filings with local agencies, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R) office. In 2006, there were only two.
Why the dramatic shift? The answer is complicated. It starts with a lawsuit filed last year against the city of Banning and winds through the attorney general’s office, the governor’s mansion and finally the California Legislature.
The entire article is worth reading.