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Reducing Greenhouse Gases with Emerging Public Policies: An Impact Analysist on the Role of Public Administration in California's Mission to Reduce the Effects of Global Warming

Global warming is an overarching issue worldwide that has caused an increase in extreme weather events and coastal flooding, impacted food security, and created a loss of both biodiversity and unique ecosystems. Certain regions around the world appear to be more proactive in the fight to reverse, or at least contain, the effects of global warming. One such area is California that is currently implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act to minimize the main source of global warming: greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of this research paper is to assess the effectiveness of programs and resources implemented under the Global Warming Solutions Act to predict its success in reducing emissions to specific levels by 2020, as promised in the Act's framework. The research method will include interviews to collect qualitative data from government agencies implementing programs and/or providing resources related to the Act. Quantitative data will also be collected through surveys administered to students and faculty on the implementation team for the California State University, Northridge Climate Action Plan and also those teaching and studying under its Institute of Stability. Data collected will be used to determine relationships between the policy's programs and resources to assess their effectiveness or ineffectiveness. The results will help predict the overall probability of the Global Warming Solution Act's ability to fulfill its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas levels in California to what they were in 1990, by next year (California Air Resources Board, 2018).

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