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Current status of climate change adaptation plans across the United States


  • Marin Lysák

    () (University of Copenhagen)

  • Christian Bugge-Henriksen

    () (University of Copenhagen)


Abstract The objective of the analysis is to compare the current status of state level climate change adaptation plans across the United States (U.S.) and to analyze potential factors that may influence their status. Based on their most current adaptation planning documentation individual states are grouped into four categories depending on how far they are in their approach towards adaptation to predicted changes in climate and how they have progressed with their planning efforts in defining adaptation measures. The analysis of the state adaptation plans showed that 13 states had detailed sector specific actions recommended, 2 states had sector specific targets and recommendation, 14 states had expressed concern and need for adaptation planning, whereas 21 states did not mention the need for adaptation planning. The statistical analysis showed that Democratic Party popular votes are 10 % higher in states with detailed sector specific actions recommended in comparison to states with no mention of adaptation planning (p

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  • Marin Lysák & Christian Bugge-Henriksen, 2016. "Current status of climate change adaptation plans across the United States," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 21(3), pages 323-342, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:masfgc:v:21:y:2016:i:3:d:10.1007_s11027-014-9601-4
    DOI: 10.1007/s11027-014-9601-4

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    1. Lawrence H. Goulder & Robert N. Stavins, 2011. "Challenges from State-Federal Interactions in US Climate Change Policy," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(3), pages 253-257, May.
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