With the Earth running a fever, people in the United States and around the world are vulnerable to climate-driven disease, famine, war and migration. Many scientists warn that a temperature rise of two degrees Celsius -- which is now highly likely -- would result in catastrophe, and four degrees would be incompatible with organized society as we know it. Many costs of carbon pollution are showing up now in the form of extreme weather, water and resource scarcity and other stresses.
The low-carbon economy is California’s future. That much a panel of energy experts convened by Climate One agreed to on Tuesday, October 12. But the panel split on how fast that transition will take, and how it will impact the economy.