“Rhode Island is particularly vulnerable to climate change, and well-positioned to become a global leader in expertise and technology to help communities and businesses become resilient to the changing world,” Rep. Handy (D-Dist. 18, Cranston), who is chairman of the House Environment Committee, said. “If we act now, it will both bring more certainty to families and businesses that their homes and investments are safer here than elsewhere and it will spur the kind of entrepreneurship that can lead to the technological innovations humanity will need to respond to climate change.”

Hurricane Sandy and the floods of 2010 are highlighted in the bill as among the many impacts climate change is beginning to have on the state. Sea level rise and rising temperatures are also cited as urgent concerns. If the state does not prepare for the effects of climate change, it likely to cause, by a conservative estimate, between $2 and $6 billion  in additional hurricane damage alone in Rhode Island from now through the end of the century. Climate change is already costing the global economy $1.2 trillion annually, a figure projected to increase greatly if steps are not taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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