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Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report

Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report

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The new state report warns global warming may bring more extreme weather to Massachusetts.
The new state report warns global warming may bring more extreme weather to Massachusetts.

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Published by: WBUR on Sep 28, 2011
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 Submitted by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairsand the Adaptation Advisory Committee
Massachusetts
 
C
LIMATE
C
HANGE
A
DAPTATION
 
EPORT
 
September 2011
 
 
Dear Fellow Massachusetts Citizens,I am pleased to present to you the first Climate Change Adaptation Report for Massachusetts.The product of many months of research, discussion and analysis by a broad array of practitioners,scientists, non-governmental organizations, and federal, state and local governments, this report fulfills animportant mandate of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008.Developed by the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee, the report provides aframework for assessing a suite of strategic, long-term solutions designed to enable our neighborhoodsand natural resources to adapt to climate change at the same time that we strive to mitigate the greenhousegas emissions that are contributing to it. Indeed, this report makes clear that climate change mitigationand adaptation are two sides of the same coin. While we do our part in reducing and stabilizinggreenhouse gas emissions in our state, we must also think seriously about how Massachusetts as a statewill be impacted by climate change and how to prepare for and respond to it.The Climate Change Adaptation Report describes the process, principles, findings, andrecommendations of the Advisory Committee, and presents a first step toward the identification,development,
and implementation of strategies to advance Massachusetts’ ability to better adapt to a
changing climate. Like other coastal states, Massachusetts is faced with increasing sea level rise andstorm surges, higher temperatures, and changes in precipitation over the course of this century
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all of which could contribute to profound impacts on our coastal infrastructure and businesses, public health,and natural ecosystems in coming years.Using this report as a solid jumping off point, my staff and our agencies will begin evaluatingpotential strategies contained in the report and work with stakeholders to prioritize them and assessfeasibility of implementation. In addition, we plan to form a stakeholder group that will exploremechanisms for addressing the potential impacts of climate change (such as sea level rise) as part of 
EEA’s Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act
(MEPA) review process.In closing, I would like to acknowledge the significant undertaking that this report represents,
and extend the Administration’s gratitude to Committee members and all those who participated in the
various subcommittee discussions that informed this report for their time and valued input.Regards,
Richard K. Sullivan, Jr.Secretary
 
 
Taber Allison Massachusetts Audubon SocietyDonald Anderson Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionEugene Benson Alternatives for Community and EnvironmentRoseann Bongiovanni Chelsea Greenspace and Recreation CommitteeDonald Boyce Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)Andrew Cavanagh University of Massachusetts
AmherstMarc Draisen Metropolitan Area Planning CouncilPaul Epstein Harvard Medical SchoolBrian Fairbank Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and EOS VenturesDavid Foster Harvard ForestHector Galbraith Manomet Center for Conservation SciencesTimothy Griffin Tufts UniversityRaymond Jack Massachusetts Water Works AssociationNathaniel Karns Berkshire Regional Planning CommissionPaul Kirshen Batelle Memorial InstituteWayne Klockner The Nature ConservancyArthur Marin Northeast States Center for a Clean Air FutureBernie McHugh Massachusetts Land Trust CoalitionWilliam Moomaw The Fletcher School, Tufts UniversityAl Niederfringer Travelers Companies, Inc.Paul Niedzwiecki Cape Cod CommissionWendy Northcross Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Angela O‘Connor
New England Power Generators Association, Inc.
Karen O‘Reilly
Lexington Insurance GroupJohn Ramsey Applied Coastal Research and EngineeringJeff Reade AECOMBud Ris New England AquariumErika Spanger-Siegfried Union of Concerned ScientistsCarl Spector City of BostonMelissa Stults ICLEI
Local Governments for SustainabilityAlexander Taft National GridPeter Weiskel U.S. Geological SurveyNorman Willard U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyRobert Zimmerman Charles River Watershed Association
Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee
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