ARB Takes More Time to Consider Updates to AB 32 Scoping Plan

Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) staff is providing the information below to reflect the recent direction by the Board to provide additional time prior to its consideration of AB 32 Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) to achieve the 2030 target.

ARB Held Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Cap-and-Trade Program

The California Air Resources Board held a public hearing on September 22nd to consider proposed amendments to the state’s Cap-and-Trade regulation as part of implementing Governor Brown’s Executive Order extending the program to the year 2030. While ARB proposes establishing new emissions caps and provisions to streamline the cap and trade process, international sector-based credits for tropical […]

If a tree falls in Brazil…? Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S.

Posted November 7, 2013; 10:00 a.m. by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications, News at Princeton In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water […]

Eight Reasons for California to Lead on Climate and Tropical Forests

When it comes to fighting climate change, California is already a world leader on pricing carbon, transitioning to renewable energy, and decarbonizing the world’s eighth largest economy.  California now has yet another golden opportunity to lead on climate, by green-lighting finance to protect tropical forests.

Presentation: Ongoing Evaluation of the Potential for Sector-Based Offset Credits in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

This workshop was held on March 22, 2016. White papers and background materials are available at the ARB website. Workshop Agenda Introduction Overview of ongoing evaluation Technical topics Program Scope and Crediting Pathway Reference Level Lunch Break Technical Topics Crediting Baseline Monitoring and Reporting Requirements Possible Next Steps California Air Resources Board Staff Technical Paper Evaluation of […]

FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family

Obama Administration Releases Scientific Assessment on Impact of Climate Change to Human Health in the United States Today, delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances […]


The Forests 4 Climate Initiative is the redesigned version of the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW), which was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas, and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest […]

Stanford Draws Links Between CA Drought and Greenhouse Gases

Scientists have tentatively drawn a link between human-induced climate change and California’s ongoing record drought. The atmospheric patterns behind the severe drought in California are “very likely” due to human-induced climate change, and are more likely to occur in the future with increased greenhouse gases, according to a study by scientists at Stanford University. The report, […]

Report: Protecting Community Forest Rights Helps Reduce Carbon Emissions

A new, exhaustive analysis of community forest rights across the globe links the protection of those rights to reducing carbon emissions from deforestation. The report, produced by the World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative, suggests that building and strengthening systems of land rights and tenure for forest dependent communities is an effective […]