October 10, 2014
According to data released by the D.C. policy research group Georgetown Climate Center, the majority of states in the U.S. are beyond unprepared for the effects of climate change. Specifically, only 14 states have finalized plans to adapt to climate change. Nine have plans in the works. The rest have nothing.
Since each state is approaching the looming effects of climate change in a different way, comparing solely the number of policies enacted is not a great metric for progress. For that reason, the Georgetown Climate Center introduced an interactive tracking tool to compare the work being done across the country.
“We hope that transparency will inspire more progress,” said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Center, in a conference call. “[States] are right there on the front lines. So it’s their policies that will be making a difference.”