The Fishing and Marine Industry Daily News Feed

NOAA Summary on Climate Change in Rhode Island

In the Ocean State , climate change is not abstract. It is real, it is measurable, and it is affecting us today. According to NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information’s State Climate Summary for 2022:

  • Temperatures in Rhode Island have risen almost 4°F since the beginning of the 20th century. Under a higher emissions pathway, historically unprecedented warming is projected to continue through this century. Increased intensities of heat waves are also projected while cold waves are projected to become less intense.
  • Annual average precipitation is projected to continue increasing in Rhode Island, while naturally occurring droughts are projected to be more intense because higher temperatures will increase evaporation rates. The highest number of extreme precipitation events occurred between 2005-2014, with the Great Flood of 2010 causing the worst flooding in our history. An increased frequency and intensity of extreme precipitation events is also projected for RI.
  • Since 1930, the sea level has risen more than 9 inches in Newport, which is faster than the global average. Projected increases in sea level will increase coastal flooding and erosion during winter storms and hurricanes.

RI’s local actions to fight climate change are part of the solution. With the signing of the Act on Climate by Governor Dan McKee last year, the state is poised to meet these challenges while creating economic opportunity and strengthening our communities.

Learn more about the #ActonClimate.

Rhode Island’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (#EC4), which includes DEM and twelve other agencies, is mobilizing our climate action efforts by implementing the Act on Climate law to reduce emissions, strengthen the resilience of communities, and prepare for the effects of climate change.

Read NOAA’s full 2022 RI Climate Summary.

Keep your finger on the fishing industry pulse

The Definititive News Source of the Fishing & Marine Industry