By mid-century and beyond, scientists predict damaging effects of climate change that include inundation of tens of thousands of acres in coastal communities, flooding that could cripple Hawaii's tourism and economy, and the loss of vital native plants and species.
The question is: Is Hawaii ready for this?
A commission has been formed -- the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Committee -- to study the effects and how to plan for them.
Vern Miyagi, who's administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and serves on the state's commission on climate change mitigation, explained what the state needs to do to properly plan.
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