Gov. Abercrombie signs climate change adaptation bill
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By: Jacquelyn Tacotaco
Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday signed House Bill 1714 (Act 83),
the Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act, which establishes a committee to address climate change adaptation
The main focus of the Act is to
prepare the state's environment and economy for any threats that might arise
due to climate change.
"Over the last hundred years
we've seen sea level here in Hawaii rise nearly eight inches," said Rep. Chris
Lee. "Our rate of warming in the last 50 years has nearly doubled,
and that's reduced our trade winds and our rainfall. These are the challenges
that we are going to have to face in the years to come. Ultimately, climate
change can have a devastating impact on our local economy and our way of life
if we continue to lose our beaches, our reefs and our fresh water supply."
committee will include designated members of the Department of Land and Natural
Resources (DLNR) and Office of Planning (OP). The adaptation committee under
the DLNR will develop a sea-level rise and vulnerability report addressing
statewide impacts until the year 2050. The
OP will be in charge of development of the adaptation plans and policy
recommendations, using the committee's report as a framework.
"We have a
chance to change our future," said Rep.
Lee. "Planning ahead now will save
billions of dollars for our next generation and it will make us secure, safe
and give our next generation of children an opportunity to much of the same
Hawaii that we have today."