Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest
Adaptation is how we minimize the damage and loss that could result from climate change. We adapt by reducing the vulnerability of our human communities and our natural systems.
The EPA Pacific Southwest Region issued its Region 9 Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan (PDF) (46 pp, 1.4MB) in 2014. The plan identifies:
- How EPA is taking action so that it can still protect human health and the environment in the presence of a changing climate, and
- How EPA is assisting its federal, state, tribal, and local partners to prepare for the changing climate.
Many state, tribal, and local governments are considering climate change impacts as they design new infrastructure or update existing facilities, plan higher seawalls, strategize how to address water shortages due to drought, and consider how to prepare for stronger storms.
State Adaptation Activities
Hawai'i state government passed a legislative bill in June 2014, that created an interagency climate adaptation committee to develop a report on the likely impacts of sea level rise between now and the year 2050.
California has updated its adaptation planning with the July 2014 Safeguarding California Plan that guides state decision makers to incorporate climate adaptation into their work, identifies progress and provides climate adaptation recommendations. The Plan addresses nine sectors: agriculture, biodiversity & habitat, emergency management, energy, forestry, ocean & coastal ecosystems & resources, public health, transportation, and water.
- Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning
- Pacific Islands Climate.org
- Georgetown Climate Center: Adaptation Clearinghouse
- Georgetown Climate Center: State and Local Adaptation Plans
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (issued March, 2014)
- National Climate Assessment
- ICLEI USA Climate Preparedness
- San Francisco Ocean Beach Master Plan
- Cal-Adapt Climate Change Adaptation Web Tool
- Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Moving Emergency (PDF) (90 pp, 6.5MB - by the California State Assembly)