'Climate Change Adaptation in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response'

This new report from the NYC Panel on Climate Change outlines the need for early and ongoing adaptation actions in New York and suggests approaches to create an effective adaptation program.

Climate change has the potential to affect everyday life in New York City. We will be challenged by increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, rising sea levels, and more intense and frequent extreme events. While mitigation actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions will help to decrease the magnitude and impact of future changes, they will not prevent climate change from occurring altogether. Given the impacts of climate change and the high costs and long-term planning needed to adapt effectively, it is essential that investments be made today to begin the adaptation process. Taking action now will limit damages and costs through the coming decades and, in many cases, can provide near term benefits and operational cost savings. For an update on progress in implementing PlaNYC's provisions on climate change, click here.

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