Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo courtesy state of California

California Gov. Jerry Brown called on Republicans “and other deniers” Thursday to acknowledge that climate change is behind the record drought in California.

Brown issued a statement after new research from Columbia University, the University of Idaho and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies linked climate change to current and future drought conditions in California:

“New scientific reports now make it crystal clear that climate change is already affecting California and the Southwest in the form of higher temperatures and a more devastating drought. It’s time for Republicans, foot-dragging corporations and other deniers to wake up and take sensible action before it’s too late,” Brown said.

The report, titled “Contribution of anthropogenic warming to California drought during 2012–2014,” was published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters.

This research comes on the heels of a report released Wednesday by the California Department of Water Resources and NASA that found increased groundwater pumping during drought conditions is causing land in the San Joaquin Valley to sink at an accelerated rate, putting infrastructure at growing risk of damage.

Earlier this month, Governor Brown penned an open letter to Republican presidential candidates ahead of their first debate, asking them to detail their plans to address climate change.

Earlier this year, Brown issued an executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – the most ambitious target in North America.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.