April 3, 2015--Drought is just the start of California climate woes, says report backed by business heavyweights (Sacramento Business Journal)

California's coastal properties, water supplies, agricultural heartland and overall economy could take huge hits by 2050, and bigger ones later, unless we take "immediate action," warns a report backed by Tom Steyer, Henry Cisneros, Hank Paulson and Michael Bloomberg, among other business and policy honchos. The report, "From Boom to Bust, Climate Change Risk in the Golden State," got an unexpected boost in relevance this week. California Gov. Jerry Brown mandated a 25 percent reduction in residential and commercial water use, which will affect towns and cities statewide. Brown cited the state's four-year drought, and a Sierra Nevada snow pack that has dwindled to virtually nothing due to unusually hot, dry weather. The Risky Business Project warns that extreme heat and shifting precipitation patterns could have additional severe impacts in coming decades, drying up water supplies, exacerbating wildfires and air pollution. It will also threaten "one of the richest agricultural regions in the world," California's Central Valley, which is already feeling the impacts of four years of drought. To view the full article visit the Sacramento Business Journal.