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PIRCA Featured in Star-Advertiser

Honolulu Star-Advertiser features the 2012 PIRCA and scientist perspectives

An article that appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Monday, Dec. 10, featured findings from the 2012 PIRCA report, released last week, and quoted PIRCA co-editors Dr. John Marra and Dr. Victoria Keener.  The article discusses sea-level rise, changes in availability of freshwater resources, and other effects of global climate change that impact Hawai‘i.  “Over time, extreme events are going to be more frequent, lasting longer,” said Dr. Marra.  “That will have a cumulative impact.”  Dr. Marra also discussed the increased flooding expected in low-lying areas such as Mapunapuna on O‘ahu.

Dr. Keener, East-West Center Fellow and lead editor for the PIRCA, talked with the Star-Advertiser about the decreasing frequency of high-intensity rainfall and increasing drought and dry days that Hawai‘i  is expected to experience. She also pointed toward the potential for policies to adapt to climate change.  “I think Hawai‘i has a good chance to be a leader in the field of proactive climate change adaptation,” she said.

The article, “Climate-change scientists predict sea to rise 1 foot by 2050,” appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Local” section on Monday, Dec. 10.

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