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California State Profile and Energy Estimates

California is the most populous state in the nation, has the largest economy, and is second only to Texas in total energy consumption. California also has the world’s fifth-largest economy and leads the nation in both agricultural and manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP). Despite California’s many energy-intensive industries, the state has one of the lowest per capita energy consumption levels in the United States.


Noaa National Centers for Environmental Information, State Climate Summaries

California, the most populous and third largest state, has a diverse climate. The deserts in the south are some of the hottest and driest areas of the United States, while higher elevations can experience low temperatures and heavy snowfall. The North Pacific High, a semi-permanent high pressure system off the Pacific Coast, and the mid-latitude jet stream play dominating roles in California’s seasonal precipitation patterns.


What is California Climate Action Corps?

In California, climate change is a threat to systems and people across the state. The impacts to our environment and health are worsening as we experience longer and more frequent droughts, devastating wildfires, and more. Each of us has a role to play. You can take meaningful action today to help communities across our state.


Op-Ed: How to save beaches and coastlines from climate change disasters

By Michael W. Beck Photo: Nicole Vas / Los Angeles Times

The frequency of natural disasters has soared in recent decades. Total damage topped $210 billion worldwide in 2020. With climate change, the costs attributed to coastal storms will increase dramatically.

At the same time, coastal habitats such as wetlands and reefs are being lost rapidly. Some 20% of the world’s mangroves were lost over the last four decades. More than half of the Great Barrier Reef was degraded by bleaching in 2020 alone. In California, we have lost more than 90% of our coastal marshes.


The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in California

Between 2017 and 2019, California experienced three wildfires, one drought, one flood, and one severe storm. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.


California recovery resources

California Department of Insurance; In an effort to assist victims of these devastating fires, DOI works closely with other federal, state and local agencies to assist in recovery issues related to insurance. Californians should work with their agent, insurer claims adjuster, and insurer with a goal of achieving a settlement that they believe is fair and consistent with their coverage. For questions about insurance or a dispute with an insurer, please contact DOI at 1-800-927-4357.


State-by-State: California

California is vulnerable to increasing heat, melting snowpack, droughts, sea level rise and wildfires