Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local and Tribal Governments

Climate Change Risks and State Adaptation

The changing climate is already affecting water, energy, transportation, agriculture, ecosystems, and people's health. While some climate change impacts are far-reaching, no two states will experience climate change in precisely the same way.

State governments are uniquely positioned to implement strategic adaptive measures to protect infrastructure, plan for sea-level rise, and increase their communities' resilience to extreme weather. Many states and local governments are already focusing their attention and resources towards anticipating and planning for climate change impacts.

  • Implementing measures to reduce the impact of heat islands
  • Protecting estuaries from the impacts of climate change
  • Developing heat wave response programs due to the likelihood of more frequent and more intense heat waves
  • Anticipating and planning for water and wastewater utility challenges due to the likelihood of increased frequency and severity of heavy rain and sea level rise

Examples of State-wide Adaptation Strategies include:

» Learn more about climate change impacts by region and sector.

» Learn about resilience and adaptation in New England.

» Access adaptation tools for public officials.

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