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The Climate Change Program for the Hudson River Estuary helps communities plan for the future


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The Kingston High Water Festival celebrated the City's many climate successes

What is Climate Change?

View answers to frequently asked questions on climate change from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

What is Climate Resilience?

Climate resilience is our ability to manage climate risks, respond productively as the climate changes and recover quickly from extreme events. It acknowledges that some are more affected by climate change than others, and incorporates the principles of climate justice to help communities “bounce forward” to a better future. View our page on helping communities become more climate resilient to learn more.

It is crucial to consider social equity when making investments to increase our physical resilience to climate change. Consider how projects could lead to negative social affects like green gentrification and research ways to mitigate these impacts, starting with Greening in Place and Building Equity into Green Infrastructure.

What are our Climate Risks in the Hudson River Estuary?

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Flooding in the Village of Piermont, NY. (L. Zemaitis). 

The primary climate risks identified for this region include increased frequency and severity of:

  • Flooding, which can impact our waterfront properties and infrastructure
  • Heat waves, which can impact human health and agriculture
  • Short-term drought, which can impact our food and water supply

Please download our climate fact sheet (PDF) (191 KB) for an overview of climate change in the Hudson Valley and what you can do to help. You can also view our webpage or download a PDF of the latest climate projections for the Hudson Valley (PDF) (347 KB).

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