How Are U.S. Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change?

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ICLEI, which used to be the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives but is now officially known just by its acronym and the phrase "Local Governments for Sustainability", has compiled a list of actions taken in 2012 by local governments around the U.S. to adapt to the challenges posed by extreme weather and climate change. The 8-page long fact sheet is an interesting read and shows that adaptation and defensive measures will become more and more a necessity as our planet keeps warming and our climate keeps changing. The big goal remains to stop global warming, but even if we achieved that soon, there's so much inertia in the system that we'll have to deal with all kinds of weird weather events for a while and need to adapt to them.

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The following local governments are covered in ICLEI the report (follow the link for all the details):

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Broward County, FL
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Dubuque, IA
  • El Paso, TX
  • Eugene, OR
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Houston, TX
  • King County, WA
  • Lewes, DE
  • Miami Dade County, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Washington, DC

I'm curious to know, what is your local government doing, if anything, to adapt to climate change? Please share your experience in the comments below. Thanks.

Via ICLEI, Climate Adaptation

See also: Watch a City-Sized Glacier Collapse (Video)

Tags: Global Climate Change | Global Warming Effects | Global Warming Solutions

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