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Mother Nature Never Sleeps
You are not the Lone Ranger when it comes to trying to understand what climate change is all about, and how it may affect you. There are many agencies and organizations that can help you cope with the threats and consequences of climate change impacts well in advance. But remember, the silver bullet is knowledge. The more you know, the safer you and your loved ones will be.
- The Rhode Island Climate Change Commission was created to study the projected impacts of climate change in the state, identify ways of adapting to these impacts, and identify mechanisms to include climate adaptation in existing state and municipal programs. The initial work of the Commission is summarized in their 2012 Progress Report.
- Storm Smart Rhode Island is a valuable resource providing coastal decision makers and municipal officials with the must current and best information about how to protect their communities from extreme weather events. Their information covers a broad planning spectrum, including pre-storm preparation actions, emergency actions during a storm, and post-storm recovery and rebuilding.
- The Climate Change Adaptation Task Force was convened by the Obama Administration in 2009 with the purpose of developing recommendations for how the Federal Government can strengthen policies and programs in order to help the country adapt to the impacts of climate change.
- The U.S. Global Climate Change Program is a national program working to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, assess the current climate, and make the latest climate science accessible to the public.
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
- Aldous Huxley
The U.S. Global Change Research Program consists of 13 federal departments and agencies that work to improve climate science so sound management decisions can be made.
The Rhode Island Flood Awareness and Climate Change Taskforce is developing solutions to the threats posed to coastal communities by climate change and flooding.
Across the state, counties and municipalities are figuring out how to deal with climate change. Look for public meetings in your communities to learn more about what is being considered.