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. o the 2 millioncoastal residents (and Connecticut’stourists), this could present unlim-ited economic and inrastructuraldamage.
Wetlands and marshes alongConnecticut’s shores currently providenatural protection rom fooding andsea level fuctuations, saving the stateabout $13,000 per acre annually
oreach o the approximately 17,500 acreso tidal wetlands in Connecticut.
More requent disastrous weatherevents, including hurricanes and winter storms, will destroy bothnatural barriers and man-made damsand levees.
Approximately 32,000homes along Connecticut’s 100-yearoodplain will be in danger,
whichplaces the state in a position to loseover $18 billion in property damageand business interruption
, accordingto the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency.
Te rise in sea level willalso impact wildlie by threateningsalt marshes and estuaries that serveas habitats and ood sources or many species o birds and sh; or example,the Long Island Sound lobster popula-tion has already declined by 70% as aresult o warmer waters.
Shellsh areparticularly susceptible to the diseasesassociated with warmer waters.
With several deepwater seaports,Connecticut is uniquely positionedor an advantage in the shipping andreight trade, as well as shipbuilding,seaood preparation and packaging,commercial shing, and water trans-portation.
Te maritime sectoraccounts or nearly $2.7 billiono gross state product (GSP) and employs more than 30,000 stateresidents
I damage to ports occursat projected levels, these industries,and the individuals who rely on thisincome, will lose substantially due torising sea levels and environmentaldisasters.
Threats to Connecticut’s BeautiulLandscape
As a state covered in 60% wood-lands and 360,000 acres o armland,Connecticut’s economy has much tolose as a result o impacts on agricul-ture. State agriculture income averages$350 million per year.
Under a highemissions scenario, dairy production would drop by 15% during the peak summer season. Fruit production,specically apples and pears, will beharmed by an increase in precipita-tion.
Higher temperatures willyield some benets, lengthening thegrowing season and making Connect-icut more suitable or warm-weathercrops.
Pests and weeds will alsoincrease, however, eliminating some—i not all—o these benets.
Further-more, as the climate o Connecticutbegins to change, the environment willbecome unsuitable or many species o birds that provide natural insect andpest removal.
Unortunate or a top nationalsupplier, maple syrup productionin Connecticut will also be severely aected, and may cease by 2080
.Maple syrup is not only a crucialsource o income to those who produceit, but a part o Connecticut history.Places like Hebron, host to numerousmaple syrup estivals, will be signi-cantly impacted.
Furthermore, risingtemperatures will likely threaten thespecies o trees—maple, beech, andbirch
—that attract oliage viewers.
Te orested Connecticut land-scape provides ample opportunity or residents and tourists alike toappreciate hunting, shing, and wildlie viewing, which suppliesnearly 10,000 jobs and brings in anaverage o $830 million annually
An additional $500 million comesrom the sale o orestry products.
Te state’s timberlands also providethe necessary environment or theprotable camping industry. Over900,000 tourists—nearly 40% arerom out-o-state—visit Connecti-cut’s state parks and campgroundseach year. Campground visitorsspend almost $300 million eachyear, which directly and indirectly aects the hotel, ood service,transportation, and entertainmentindustries.
Culture and tourism generatesover $14 billion or the stateeach year—approximately 8%o GSP
Connecticut has muchat stake should climate changecontinue unmitigated. Increasedtemperatures, greenhouse gases,and related eects will impactall industries tied to tourism,including the recreation andhospitality industries that rely ontourists and visitors to the state, as well as agricultural sustainability and the productivity o Connecti-cut’s ports.
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Source: Connecticut Department o Labor
Connecticut's LaborForce Projected tobe Directly Affected