California is set to enact a landmark climate law

Aug 29, 2018, 8:21 AM EDT
(Source: Joe Lewis/flickr)
(Source: Joe Lewis/flickr)

The California Natural Resource Agency recently released a report, warning of the cruel consequences of climate change the state may face in coming decades. Longer, drier spells of heatwaves, more severe and frequent wildfires and higher ocean levels could bring about apocalyptic damage.

Amid dire warnings, California is set to adopt a historic law and potentially the biggest climate legislation in the U.S., requiring the state to source 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045, writes MIT Technology Review.

The state Assembly approved the bill by 45-32 votes on Tuesday, and is likely to easily get through the Senate, reports Huffington Post. Dan Jacobson, state director of Environment California, called the prospective legislation a response to “the inaction in Washington D.C.,” adding that it will inspire many other states to follow suit.