TNC files amicus brief in support of California's position in lawsuit challenging Global Warming Solutions Act 2006, offering to share its expertise on role of forest conservation in reducing GHGs

SAN FRANCISCO , August 17, 2012 (press release) – Today, The Nature Conservancy filed a ‘friend of the court’ amicus brief in support of the State’s position in a lawsuit challenging certain provisions of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).

“The Conservancy is taking this action because of the critical importance of the case to successful implementation of AB 32 and to sound, scientifically based climate change policy in California,” said Michelle Passero, Senior Climate Policy Adviser for The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter.

“We are filing an amicus brief to share our expertise about the proven capacity of forest conservation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and the rigorous rules the state has adopted to facilitate this role. We fully support the State’s actions under AB 32 that recognize the ability of forests to effectively reduce carbon emissions. Our decades of scientific research and work around the world have demonstrated the important role forests play in addressing climate change,” said Passero.

“California needs to promote more nature-based solutions to climate change, like forest conservation; actions that not only reduce emissions, but also limit the severity and impacts of climate change on our state’s people and natural systems,” Passero added.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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