Adrienne Alvord

Director, California & Western States

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Adrienne Alvord is UCS’s California and Western states director working to ensure a clean, de-carbonized energy and fuels economy that promotes equitable economic growth and improves public health in western states. See Adrienne's full bio.

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California’s Next Climate Change Challenge is Water Whiplash

Today the journal Nature Climate Change published results of a groundbreaking paper that explores the changing character of precipitation extremes in California. The eye-opening results indicate that while overall precipitation levels will not change significantly in the next decades, the state has already entered a period of increased extreme precipitation events that will continue to present tremendous challenges to ensuring stable water supplies. Read more >

Photo: Zack Cunningham / California Department of Water Resources
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Water in an Uncertain Future: Planning the New Normal

Northern California breathed a sigh of relief this weekend as rain and cooler temperatures finally arrived in force after the devastating fires in October. Now the question is, what kind of a winter will we have, and in particular, how much snow and rain will we or will we not get?

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A Climate Action Roadmap: California Steps Up in Uncertain Times

The New Year ushers in a new U.S. presidential administration and a lot of uncertainty and angst for people who care about taking decisive action on climate change ( polls indicate that’s most of us.)  Read more >

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Photo: el_vaquero CC-BY (Flickr)

A Banner Year for California Climate Laws: Important Lessons and Landmark Progress in 2016

California has just had the biggest year for climate action in a decade. Read more >

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Ten Years After: Looking Back on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)

California’s experience clearly demonstrates that it is possible to have a healthy economy while systematically and significantly lowering emissions from dirty fossil fuels. Read more >

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