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← Climate Change Overview


Climate change is a global phenomenon with local implications. In Rhode Island, surface warming of air and water is expected. Extreme weather, including heat-waves, droughts, high-intensity storms, and flooding are expected to occur with higher frequency. The Ocean State, a proud home to many coastal zones, can expect these sensitive areas to face increased rates of sea level rise and erosion. These immediate impacts of climate change will reverberate to other, more far-reaching effects, including to water quality, habitat preservation, human health, and economics.

We are already seeing the impacts of climate change in Rhode Island:

  • May 2019 - 2020

  • May 2019 - 2020