The legislature also finds that it is time to ensure that Hawaii adapts to the effects of climate change before they grow beyond our ability to prevent the worst impacts on our economy, environment, and way of life.
Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act
, a rare science-based
bill signed into law that creates an adaptation response system. Hawaii is vulnerable to sea-level rise, coral bleaching and fishery collapse, erosion, storms, and even drought in some areas. The language in the bill makes plain that the adaptation actions required to implement the programs must be based on sound climate science. Great day for Hawaii!