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Earlier this year, graduating Berkeley students got to hear from Gov. Jerry Brown how climate change would be the preeminent issue of their time, with the "very slow but inexorable" effects including gradually mounting sea water levels.

Lawmakers are taking a more detailed look at the implications during a Select Committee On Sea Level Rise And The California Economy hearing assessing how rising water will affect the agriculture, tourism and fishing industries in a state renowned for its coastlines.

Speakers at the hearing, chaired by Assemblyman Richard Gordon, will include Mary Scruggs of the California Department of Water Resources; Norm Groot of the Monterey County Farm Bureau; Zeke Grader of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations; and Jay Chamberlin, chief of the natural resources division for California State Parks. Things get under way starting at 2 p.m. at the Half Moon Bay Department Operations Center.

VIDEO: We may get some hard data on whether realignment is working, Dan Walters says.

POLLING ALONG: New Field Polls assessing Brown's public standing are out. You can take a look at some of the data here and check out our analysis here.

GREEN CHEMISTRY: A panel today will examine the new green chemistry laws that require more disclosure about hazardous substances in goods produced or sold in California. Participants include Dr. Megan Schwarzman of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health; California Department of Toxic Substances Control Director Debbie Raphael; and Dawn Koepke of the Green Chemistry Alliance. Starting at 12:15 p.m. at the law firm Morrison & Foerster's San Francisco office.

PHOTO: A view of the ocean on the Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner traveling from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo. The Sacramento Bee/Autumn Cruz.


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