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Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Climate Change

Recent News

Across the world, concern grows about the impacts of climate change on our environment and health. While it will take a global effort to mitigate and address those impacts, there is much that can be done in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. See below for information on the potential regional impacts of climate change, what EPA Region 2 and your state and local governments are doing, and on how you can get involved to make a difference.

Region 2 Adaptation Planning

EPA Region 2 drafted a regional adaptation planning in accordance with the Administrator's June 2011 Policy Statement on Adaptation stating, "EPA shall develop and implement a Climate Change Adaptation Plan to integrate climate adaptation into the Agency's programs, policies, rules and operations." Scheduled speakers and events will offer opportunities to engage in the adaptation planning process for public stakeholders. Public comment is open on the federal register under Docket Number EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0568.

Draft EPA Region 2 Climate Change Adaptation Plan [Released Nov. 2013]
On February 28th, Dr. Ginger Chew, an epidemiologist in the National Center for Environmental Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented via webinar on how climate change is affecting indoor allergen and mold exposures. Presentation materials are posted below.

Climate and housing factors that affect indoor allergens, mold, and asthma - Dr. Ginger L. Chew, ScD [PDF 1.8 MB, 53 pp]

On Jan. 30th, 2013, Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of NASA GISS presented on regional climate impacts at the EPA Region 2 office and by webinar broadcast. Presentation materials and an audio recording are posted below.

Climate Impacts and Adaptation Presentation - Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig [PDF 3.3 MB, 33 pp]

Impacts and Adaptation in Region 2:

EPA Region 2 continues to coordinate with the university and federal science research communities in the greater New York Metro area and elsewhere. Here are selected resources which discuss the potential implications of sea-level rise and other climate change impacts.

What EPA Region 2 is Doing and How to Partner with Us:

Find out about programs at EPA that promote fuel efficiency and other sustainable practices to conserve natural resources and decrease the emission of greenhouse gases.

What State and Local Governments in Region 2 are Doing:

State and local governments are actively assessing and addressing the impacts of climate change.


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