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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bay Area Climate Change Compact

The mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose have signed a climate change agreement to work together to address climate challenges. The compact outlines a number of goals, the majority of which are designed to support greenhouse gas mitigation efforts. However, one goal is set aside for adaptation:

"Develop and adopt municipal and organizational climate adaptation plans by the end of 2013 to increase resiliency to the impacts of climate change."
In a region as well-resourced and progressive as the Bay Area, however, one would expect perhaps a little more ambition. Four years to develop adaptation plans isn't a blistering pace, not to mention that developing the plan, implementing it and subsequently demonstrating increased resiliency are entirely different matters.

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