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UC Climate Change Experts Create Blueprint To Tackle Problem

Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

University of California President Janet Napolitano announces the UC's new "Transfer Pathways" initiative Tuesday in Davis.

Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - The University of California's top researchers have drafted a blueprint that they say outlines concrete action the state and the world should take to tackle climate change - including reducing the carbon footprint of the wealthiest 1 billion.

UC President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown will discuss the blueprint Tuesday at a two-day climate change summit at UC San Diego.

UC officials say global warming could be slowed dramatically by reducing greenhouse gases such as methane emissions by 50 percent and black carbon by 90 percent over the next 15 years.

According to the plan, the wealthiest need to cut back dramatically while green energy needs to be made more available to the poorest 3 billion people.

UC experts are asking religious leaders to help foster change.