Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
IN SEPTEMBER 2006 , California's governor signed a landmark piece of legislation intended to reduce the state's vulnerability to global warming and climate changes, Arnold Schwarzenegger intended to take California back to 1990 levels of carbon production, California has long been considered a trailblazer for the nation. The first tuition-free public colleges and universities were in California, as were the first significant tax revolts, California has the world's fifth or sixth largest economy, with 36 million citizens. The 1960s, which witnessed such social and economic changes in California, were also nearly the peak of California smog. Geographically, the state is divided into a cool and wet northern area and a hot and dry southern one. The southern part, especially around Los Angeles, became home to the nation's worst smog in the 1970s, There ...