Hawaii launches adaptation law

The Governor of Hawaii on Monday (June, 09) signed a bill establishing an interagency climate council, as part of a statewide adaptation plan aimed at addressing the effects of climate change on the only US island state through 2050.

Hawaiian legislators stated that climate change poses “both an urgent and long-term threat to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life”. The archipelago is “highly vulnerable”, as “beach erosion, drought, and rising temperature are already having measurable impacts on Hawaii and are expected to accelerate in the years to come”, the document said.

The newly-established committee is tasked with identify the major areas of expected climate impacts and provide a report by the end of 2015, due to be updated every five years, to assist communities in developing site-specific adaptation plan.