The Risks of Sea Level Rise: Perceptions and Policy Preferences among Hawai‘i’s Elected Officials

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Due to its remote geographic location and extensive coastlines, the State of Hawai‘i is particularly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise (SLR). While Hawai‘i was among the first states to officially recognize the climate crisis and has played a leading role in combating climate change, Hawai‘i’s lawmakers are still developing plans and policies to address predicted impacts of SLR. This survey explores the views of Hawai‘i’s elected representatives regarding the risks of SLR and favored approaches to adaptation.

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  1. It is refreshing that the belief of SLR is unanimous. However it would seem that the State is more understanding of how much and how soon the impacts will be felt versus the counties. A proactive response is more likely to effect a positive outcome than a reactive approach. The lag time in any action should increase the sense of urgency by all government agencies. A desirable outcome of this report would be converting actions being sidelined or kicked down the street to being placed in effect as soon as possible.

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