State report sees a hotter Massachusetts, outlines ways to adapt to climate change

Imagine a Massachusetts where it’s 90 degrees or more for 30 to 60 days in the summer. Where the temperature climbs to 100 as many as 28 days. Imagine the ocean temperature 8 degrees warmer, turning brisk dips into warm baths. More rain and less snow in the winter. And the coast being eaten away by an inexorably rising ocean and catastrophic storms.

That’s the disheartening scenario for the Bay State 90 years from now painted in a new report prepared by the state’s Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The report issued today offers an overview of climate changes that have already happened, changes that are predicted, the anticipated impacts, and strategies to prepare for the change, state officials said.


“Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of this generation, with potentially profound effects on the economy, public health, water resources, infrastructure, coastal resources, energy demand, natural features, and recreation,’’ the report said. “The time to address climate change is now.’’

The 34-member committee was established under a state law passed in 2008.

The report provides a “framework for assessing the short and long-term solutions,’’ Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K Sullivan Jr. said in a statement.

Click here to read the report.


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