April 4, 2019, the Independent Advisory Committee on Applied Climate Assessment released a report including recommendations to help federal, state, and local governments, communities, and the private sector plan for the effects of climate change. New York State and the U.S. Climate Alliance reconvened this climate advisory group in 2018 after it was disbanded by the Federal Government in 2017. The report, “A Civil Society Consortium for Conducting Applied Climate Assessments: Collaborations and Knowledge for Confronting Climate Risk,” notes in 2017 alone severe climate-related events cost the United States roughly $306.2 billion in damages, shattering the previous U.S. annual record cost of $214.8 billion in 2005 the year of Hurricane Katrina. The report also notes that significant efforts are underway in New York and elsewhere, but worldwide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not taking place rapidly enough to stabilize atmospheric concentrations at safe levels. Read the New York State’s press release … Read the Independent Advisory Committee’ report …
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