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State and Local Climate and Energy Program

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 changes in stormwater runoff needs due to the likelihood of increased frequency and severity of heavy rain events
  • Planning for wastewater treatment impacts due to sea level rise

Examples of State-wide Adaptation Strategies include:

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

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