Planning for Climate Change in Hawaii
You'll learn about:
Climate change planning internationally, regionally, in the United States, and in Hawaii
Sea level rise and how to plan for it
The health impacts of climate change and how to plan for them
How a coastal city and county is planning for sea level rise and other climate change impacts
Earth is experiencing climate change at a rate that is unprecedented, based on the paleoclimatic records. These changes are attributed in large part to the burning of fossil fuels and the resultant release of carbon dioxide. As the planet warms, there are a number of effects and indicators.
Climate change is anticipated to have profound effects in Hawaii, including rising sea levels, increases in the number and strength of storm events, increased heat and drought, increases in vector-borne diseases, and reductions in air and water quality. In 2014, the Hawaii State legislature declared, through the passage of the Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act, that climate change is the paramount challenge of this century, posing both an urgent and long-term threat to the state's economy, health, environment, and way of life. One outcome of this act will be a comprehensive plan on sea level rise adaptation, with the final report due in late 2017. Learn about this plan, and the adaptabilility of its lessons to other areas.