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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Hampshire Climate Action Plan

The State of New Hampshire recently joined the growing list of U.S. states developing action plans to address climate change. It has also joined the list of states that have given some thought to mitigation while placing questions surrounding approaches to adaptation on the back burner. For example, while the plan outlines a range of traditional mitigation actions including building efficiency, transport, and renewable energy, the recommended actions with respect to adaptation included the following:

"Plan for how to address existing and potential climate change impacts:"
"Immediate implementation costs of the recommended actions are projected to be low, while future implementation costs are uncertain at this time. Potential economic benefits were not specifically estimated."

So the adaptation actions outlined under the new climate change "Action Plan" are to develop a plan of action. One could argue that policy makers continue to put the mitigation cart before the adaptation horse given the identification and implementation of adaptation actions can be achieved quickly, in many instances at low cost, and creates opportunities for securing immediate reductions in climate vulnerability.

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