Climate Change in Rhode Island
Introduction to the Climate Program
The evidence is so overwhelming that the scientific community is in consensus that the climate is indeed changing. Climate change is affecting temperatures, the length and timing of seasons, the amount of rain and snow that falls annually, sea level, and ocean chemistry. Many of these changes have negative consequences for people and the environment, and individuals and communities should work to reduce their risks from today's climate hazards and tomorrow's effects of climate change. Ecologically, economically, and culturally, Rhode Island faces challenges from climate change that are specific to the coastal landscape.