A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation confirms a growing body of research that finds "the atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change."
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By failing to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily choosing to sharply boost the chances of prolonged droughts -- including the kind of multi-decade mega-droughts that in the past have overturned entire civilizations.
The penalty is meant to "send a strong message to PG&E, and all other pipeline operators, that they must comply with mandated federal and state pipeline safety requirements, or face severe consequences."