kayak-narragansett-bayRep Lauren Carson’s Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise issued its final report today, and has made several recommendations as to how Rhode Island can mitigate the effects of climate change. These recommendations include:

  • Updates to local comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and building codes
  • Additional support for academic and scientific research on sea level rise
  • Increased communication on financial impact of natural disasters, flooding
  • Development of statewide property preparedness program for property owners

Having determined that “Rhode Island needs to more fully understand the economic implications of sea level rise,”  the commission recommends “a community by community analysis resulting in aggregate data that determines Rhode Island’s total economic exposure due to sea level rise.  State agencies should review all vulnerable assets and prioritize resiliency adaptation based upon the rate of return on their investment.” More information >>

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