Report covers region's climate change vulnerabilities
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
A report from Bloomberg names 20 global cities most at risk from climate change. Miami comes in at No. 1.
A new report out Thursday projects Portland's average summer temperature will increase by as much as 15 degrees this century, the Cascade snowpack will shrink by 80 percent and extreme weather events will be much more common.
But the report, by The Resource Innovation Group's Climate Leadership Initiative doesn't dwell on scary statistics. Instead it lists 40 measures the Lower Willamette region of Western Oregon — an area stretching from Portland to Linn and Benton counties — can take to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Capping 18 months of research, "Building Climate Resiliency in the Lower Willamette Region of Western Oregon" proposes the following key recommendations:
• Protect floodplains and wetlands.
• Study anticipated habitat changes and preserve high-quality habitat.
• Update infrastructure to accommodate future population growth and the expected impacts of climate change.
• Provide incentives for energy efficiency and conservation.
• Diversify the region's economic base including agriculture and timber crops.
• Increase public health initiatives including preventative care, warning systems and emergency management.
• Protect key cultural resources.
The full report is available for download at The Resource Innovation Group website.
The Resource Innovation Group was formed in 1996 as an affiliate of Portland State University's Hatfield School of Management. The group formed the Climate Leadership Initiative in 2006.
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