Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Climate Change Law and Policy in Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i is currently experiencing climate change, evidenced by: 

• Increases in air temperature, especially at high altitudes;

• Decreased stream base flow;

• Decreases in rainfall and rain intensity, with longer periods of days without rain;

• Rising sea levels;

• Ocean acidification; and 

• Increased sea surface temperature,9 leading to more frequent and severe coral bleaching events.

Hawai‘i legislators, planners, and decision-makers have taken preliminary steps to: (i) mitigate climate change, i.e., reduce anthropogenic, or human caused, greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and (ii) adapt to climate change, i.e., decrease vulnerability and increase resiliency to climate change effects—both of which are recommended for lessening climate-related risks. The purpose of this briefing sheet is to provide an overview of climate change related law and policy in Hawai‘i. The briefing sheet examines mitigation measures, adaptation measures, and concludes with a summary and timeline.

A pdf of the breifing can be found here: Climate Change Law and Policy in Hawai‘i

Related Posts

Virginia Sea Grant Launches the USDA and NOAA-Supported Aquaculture Information Exchange Online Community Platform

The Aquaculture Information Exchange (AIE) online community platform website is now live and open for new user registrations. The AIE represents a joint effort between NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office, NOAA’s Fisheries Office of Aquaculture, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and Virginia Sea Grant.

Read More >
Image of Capitol Hill with a bright blue cloudless sky and blooming cherry blossom tree in the right corner
Academia to Government

Sea Grant Announces the 2024 Class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 85 early-career professionals selected will be placed in federal government offices throughout Washington, D.C., and join the over 1,600 individuals who have participated in the program since its inception in 1979.

Read More >
Image of plastic debris on Oregon’s Clatsop Beach by Tiffany Woods | Oregon Sea Grant.

Sea Grant announces funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention

Sea Grant announces $19 million in federal funding opportunities to address the prevention and removal of marine debris. These opportunities are a component of nearly $3 billion in targeted investments for NOAA in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience and weather forecasting infrastructure through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Read More >
Scroll to Top