AMID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICISM, STATES AND COUNTIES ARE DOING THEIR OWN CLIMATE ASSESSMENTS

AMID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICISM, STATES AND COUNTIES ARE DOING THEIR OWN CLIMATE ASSESSMENTS

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Pacific Standard
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As climate researchers often say, science doesn’t care about your beliefs. The Earth is still going to warm. And state and other local authorities are still going to prepare for that future, as I learned from a series of interviews this week.

Amid controversy about the National Climate Assessment—a final draft of which is due this December—I spoke with scientists and officials who work on climate assessments for their own states and counties. These have been published with less fanfare than their national big sibling and, their authors say, they have been more welcomed by constituents, even in conservative states.

Climate change denial may have reached historic levels of pervasiveness in the White House, but state and local climate assessments aren’t meant to be acts of rebellion against the Trump administration. They’re simply practical. In fact, all of the assessments I analyzed predated President Donald Trump. Global and national climate change reports don’t offer local areas specific enough information to help farmers, ranchers, and city-planning engineers. So localities undertake their own analyses instead.