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California aims to conserve 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030

California aims to conserve 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030
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California will aim to conserve more than 30 percent of its lands and coastal waters by 2030, Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomLongtime Newsom adviser arrested on domestic violence charges US records over 14 million coronavirus cases Overnight Health Care: Biden asked Fauci to serve as chief medical adviser | COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo says she won't be Biden's HHS secretary MORE (D) said Wednesday in announcing a new executive order. 

The order outlines a series of steps that the state will take, including to “promote biodiversity protection, habitat restoration, wildfire-resilient, sustainably managed landscapes and other conservation outcomes.”

The order also seeks to improve the state’s climate resilience and reduce risks from “extreme climate events.”

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It comes as the state has been ravaged by wildfires in which climate change is seen as a factor. 

Newsom said during a press conference that California would be the first state in the country with the goal of conserving both coastal lands and waters. 

“This is an international movement. California, as the fifth-largest economy in the world, needs to flex its muscles, needs to assert itself and to advance that cause,” the governor said. 

Much of California's land is actually owned by the federal government. As of 2018, more than 45 percent of the state’s lands were federally owned, and some of these lands are open to fossil fuel drilling.

Newsom previously announced an executive order to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035. That order spelled out Newsom's desire to stop issuing new permits for oil and gas fracking by 2024, though the question of new permits was left to the state legislature.

There has been a national "30 by 30" movement to protect lands by 2030. 

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE’s campaign has expressed a “30 by 30” goal for the entire country, and resolutions with the stated goal of protecting 30 percent of federal lands and oceans by 2030 have been introduced in both the House and Senate