Connecticut Steps Forward on Climate Preparedness

Aug 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Climate Change

As states across the country grapple with hotter temperatures, more frequent floods, drought, and other extremes, many are factoring how a rapidly warming climate is affecting their ability to protect public health and safety, build resilient communities, support economic growth, and manage natural resources. By seeking to understand their climate risks and vulnerabilities and preparing accordingly, many states are proactively tackling these emerging threats.

Storm damage (photo: cjzurcher)

Storm damage (photo: cjzurcher)

Connecticut is the latest state to release a comprehensive plan to prepare for climate change impacts.  Just a few weeks ago, the state finalized its plan to address impacts on agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources, and public health.  (See this story from July 15 in Environmental Headlines.) To counter these impacts, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is undertaking several actions in the near-term, including:

  • Incorporating climate change and sea level rise risks into land use planning;
  • Partnering with the University of Connecticut to establish a climate resiliency research center to help coastal communities;
  • Working with municipalities to make sewage treatment facilities less susceptible to failures; and
  • Developing a plan for making energy infrastructure more resilient.

While Connecticut has joined the elite rank of states that are at the forefront of planning and preparing for climate impacts, other states that had previously made substantial progress are taking steps backwards as new governors and legislators come into office.  As noted in our Ready or Not report released last year, Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are among the states that once had strong climate preparedness initiatives that have since slowed or stalled.  Given what’s been happening lately in the Tar Heel State, you can add North Carolina to that list of backsliders.

For more on this story, visit: Connecticut Steps Forward on Climate Preparedness As North Carolina Falls Backwards | Ben Chou’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

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